THE STARS DO THE NIGHT SHIFT
Affairs of the heart. At altitude.
With screenplay by Erri De Luca and a cast featuring Nastassja Kinski, Julian Sands, Enrico Lo Verso and the author himself, this is a marvellous short movie, intimate in terms of tone and expression, yet spectacularly wide open in its focus on the mountains. Brimming with hope in times that appear increasingly gloomy.
A solitary man and a married woman are climbing a rock face in the Dolomites. He has just been through a heart transplant, while she has undergone open-heart surgery. This adventure is a promise they made to one another while they were on the ward awaiting their operations. The intimate understanding and close companionship that develops between the pair as they climb appears something akin to love, but in fact turns out to be something quite different: a thank you to the open air for their fresh new heartbeats. The peak they conquer is a new departure point for the two lives that have been given back to them.
Imposing, silent witnesses and guardians of a path of re-initiation, the reddish peaks of the Eastern Alps are very much a balm for body and soul, De Luca believes: “Those who have been wounded either physically or mentally, those whose heart has been damaged either by a manufacturing flaw or the ravages of love, will find that their little drop fits perfectly into the immensity of the ocean. Where we feel tiny and defenceless in the face of power and violence is where scars begin to heal and to fade”.
DIRECTED BY: Edoardo Ponti
CAST: Nastassja Kinski, Julian Sands, Enrico Lo Verso, Erri De Luca
SCREENPLAY: Erri De Luca
MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF: Montura, Garofalo, Trentino Region, Trentino Marketing, San Carlo
YEAR OF DISTRIBUTION: 2012 AWARDS: Nastri d’Argento Special Award for short films, Best Short Film Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Città di Imola" Award at the Trento Film Festival