Love Among the Ruins

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Italy | 2015 | 71 minutes | Massimo Alì Mohammad

A mockumentary about the miraculous discovery and restoration of a long lost Italian silent film. More than a parody, the film celebrates the joy of discovering lost art, a rich tradition of filmmaking in Italy, and how a young filmmaker can recreate the artistry of silent film. A metacommentary on cinema preservation and wartime storytelling, this film -- which recalls Peter Jackson's Forgotten Silver and Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist -- is a treat!  Director Massimo Alì Mohammad and producers Richard Meyer and Susan Harmon scheduled to attend.

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A long-lost 1922 silent Italian melodrama about a tragic romance between a middle class ingénue and an idealistic soldier set against a little-known 1915 dirigible disaster is discovered behind a basement boiler room wall in Ferrara, Italy, and immediately becomes the darling of the cinema world. As the film is carefully restored, professors, critics, and historians extoll the virtues of its innovative directors and the movie itself, which was shown only once before being overshadowed by the rising tide of fascism. There’s just one thing: both the documentary and the restored film itself are 100% fabricated. The 45-minute “film” is a perfectly crafted facsimile of a WWI-set melodrama; Commodore’s daughter Ester (Mary Di Tommaso) waits out the days for her lover Demode (Stefano Muroni) to return from the front lines, only to have her hand promised to a duplicitous bourgeois man named Atlas (Massimo Malucelli). When Demode is granted leave and the lovers reignite their passion, a jealous Atlas plots to trade military secrets with an Austrian spy. But what of the shell-shocked soldier Calipodio (Filippo Parma), rendered mute by the atrocities of war, who happens to overhear Atlas’ plan? A metacommentary on cinema preservation and wartime storytelling, this spoof—which recalls Peter Jackson’s Forgotten Silver and Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist—is a treat for cinephiles worldwide.

Director Biography
Massimo Alì Mohammad was born in Naples 1983 to an Italian mother and Pakistani father. He took art and video studies at Naples University L’Orientale and started to shoot short films in 2002. He also collaborated with the English theatrical group Organic Theatre, shooting documentaries about their works. Love Among the Ruins is his first feature film.

Sponsored by Seattle University Film Studies, Maserati of Seattle

  • Original Language Title: Amore tra le rovine
  • Director: Massimo Alì Mohammad
  • Principal Cast: Mary Di Tommaso, Massimo Malucelli, Stefano Muroni, Filippo Parma, Edoardo Siravo
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Italy, USA
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 71 minutes
  • Producer: Richard Meyer, Susan Harmon
  • Screenplay: Massimo Alì Mohammad
  • Cinematographers: Edo Tagliavini
  • Editors: Massimo Alì Mohammad
  • Music: Donald Sosin
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP