English Father dies all of a sudden in Egypt, leaving “half of his body” to his Son in Italy and the other “half” to his daughter in Spain/France, both of whom he had abandoned at age six. The two siblings have never met and are now getting ready for the two separate funerals. Which half is each of them going to get?
Available in two versions; “française” with Italian son and French daughter; or “española” with Italian son and Spanish daughter. Choose yours or watch both!
This short is the first episode in the #Europe21 trilogy – a trilogy of short films shot in a theatre and whose main theme is today’s Europe (its languages, its society, its past and its future.) This rather odd family story is the chance to create a dialogue, a sort of dual initiation played between a brother and a sister who have not met into their world of childhood, memory, the father who abandoned them, the reactions of their mothers and, last but not least, their strange relation with the English language, something they both inherited from their father and which they both refused at some point in their life. The story unfolds as the two come up with their own eulogy to the dead father and reminisce about all the moments in their separate lives, which they think they must have had in common. Childhood, memory, the condition of women in our society and our own relation with family are also themes touched upon in the short film.
With Francesco Baj (Figlio), Milca Lemasle (Fille), Ineska Dabrowski (Hija); and the voices of Douglas Dean (Father) and Camilla Mazzitelli (Radio journalist.)
Written by Francesco Baj
Directed by Flavio Marigliani
Shot by Marco Aquilanti
Sound editor Edoardo Salini
Edited by Nuvole Rapide Produzioni
Final Song by Aladdin Insane Tribute Band, lead vocal Ambra Mattioli
Produced by Teatro Multlilingue®
Set photos by Violetta Canitano
“Some get money, or a house, or a family
heirloom – I got a language.”