On the first week of October, I was fortunate enough to travel with my film professor and friend – Carlo, to the International Short Film Festival in Capalbio. It was a three day festival that showcased over 20 short films that were in 35mm. Aside from the higher production films, they also had an HD video section, a David Lynch tribute, and panels from local artists.
Aside from the film festival, we were staying on the farm of Carlo’s family. Since the films were mainly shown at night, during the day I would help Carlo around the farm. The house and land was given to Carlo’s grandfather by Mussolini after the second World War. The house is divided between Carlo’s mother and his Aunt. This place was amazing.
the time, Carlo was busy installing cabinets, bookshelves, etc. To be honest, most of my help was behind the camera (not really considered help), but I was able to take some nice shots of their property.
Since Carlo’s younger cousin was there, he was glad to show me around. After convincing me to drive the tractor (I’ve never even been on a tractor), I was really able to see the area. Even though we didn’t have enough time to go fishing, I was shown their stream. Not your average stream as the picture shows.
Around 4pm we washed up and had a meal before going to the festival. His mother prepared us his grandmother’s homemade ravioli. Once again, not your average cuisine. The best way I can describe these little delights, it that each piece of pasta tasted like a sweet pastry covered in fresh tomatoes and stuffed with strong ricotta cheese. One of the best meals I’ve had.
At the festival, the theatre was small and there were probably some 60 people there. After watching a good 5 hours of shorts, we stayed for the viewing of David Lynch’s Eraserhead. As the place slowly cleared out, it finally ended around 3am. Me, Carlo, and two others were the last ones in the theatre.
On Sunday, it was the Marco’s (staff member at my school) birthday, so on the way home we stopped in Grosseto. From 11am to 10pm we celebrated. Playing beach tennis, volleyball, soccer, and eating mass amounts of food.
The entire day was a blast, but nonetheless a workout. Marco’s family showed endless amounts of hospitality, and it was the perfect end to a good weekend. Until next time…Ciao!