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Sadourni's Butterflies

Director Dario Nardi scheduled to attend | June 3 & June 5

A surrealistic melodrama about a circus dwarf jailed for a crime of passion addresses identity, alienation, and daring to dream. Director Dario Nardi’s strange and magical movie, reminiscent of film noir and German expressionism, is utterly captivating.

June 3, 2013
4:30 PM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed
June 5, 2013
6:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival Date has passed

First-time feature director Dario Nardi's Sadourni's Butterflies is a labor of love that he started as far back as 1998. It took some time to find a producer willing to risk financing a stylized, surrealistic melodrama about a circus dwarf jailed for a crime of passion; released early for good behavior, he finds work dubbing fetish films and quickly becomes besotted with a beautiful fellow voice-over artist and dreams of the operation that would make her attainable. (The right fairy godfather/producer did come along eventually: Donald K. Ranvaud, the man behind City of God, Central Station, and Farewell My Concubine). Trained in animation and illustration, Nardi has created a visually stunning film, something redolent of film noir, German expressionism, Tod Browning, and Alejandro Jodorowski (El Topo, Santa Sangre). But this is not simply pastiche; Nardi has crafted a strange and magical movie about identity, alienation, and daring to dream. The result is utterly captivating.

Director Biography
Before directing Sadourni’s Butterflies, his first feature, Dario Nardi worked in advertising and specialized in animation techniques.

Sponsored in part by Comcast Xfinity, Muckleshoot Tribe

Director: Dario Nardi
Principal Cast: Cristián Medrano, Antonella Costa, Nicola Costantino, Alejandro Sergi
Country: Argentina
Year: 2012
Running Time: 94 minutes
Producer: Donald K. Ranvaud, Enrica de Biasi, Pierluigi Navoni
Screenplay: Dario Nardi
Cinematographers: Mariano Cuneo
Editors: Alberto Ponce
Music: Pablo Crespo
Website: Stealth Media Group
Awards: Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 (Cine Latino Award Honorable Mention)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Stealth Media Group
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