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Italy | 2016 | 90 minutes | Alessandro Aronadio

Alessandro Aronadio’s black-and-white tragicomedy begins when a man wakes up with an annoying ringing sound in his ears and discovers a cryptic note on his fridge ”Your friend Luigi has died. P.S. I took the car”, which leads to a succession of surreal encounters.

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In this absurdist comedy, a man (Daniele Parisi) wakes up in his girlfriend's apartment with a persistent ringing in his ears, and discovers a note on the fridge telling him that his friend Luigi has died; funeral at 7 p.m. Disoriented and concerned, for our unnamed protagonist, doesn't know anyone named Luigi, he stumbles out of the apartment to try to sort things out. He meets several doctors, one of whom briefly convinces him he is with a child as a joke, but none of them can find anything wrong with his ears. The man bumps into his friend and his mistress, who not only call into question our hero's own romantic issues but insist they use his apartment as a love-den for just an hour or two. After a failed attempt at delivering a bouquet of flowers to his girlfriend at work and bumping into his selfie-obsessed mother and her new young boyfriend, Parisi's character accepts his fate and arrives at the mysterious Luigi's funeral. Filmed in black and white with a slowly increasing aspect ratio from 1:1 to the modern 1:85:1—perhaps to emphasize the man's expanding connections—this Kafka-esque tale plunges the viewer into the folly of the world.

Director Biography

Alessandro Aronadio graduated in Psychology in 2001 with his "Study on the Double in the Cinema of David Cronenberg". Following this he won the Fulbright "Sergio Corbucci" fellowship for a master program in cinema direction, studying at the Los Angeles Film School under professors such as Roger Corman, Janusz Kaminski, Faye Dunaway and Donn Cambern.

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  • Original Language Title: Orecchie
  • Director: Alessandro Aronadio
  • Principal Cast: Daniele Parisi, Silvia D’Amico, Pamela Villoresi, Ivan Franek, Rocco Papaleo, Piera Degli Esposti, Niccolo Senni, Sonia Gessner, Paolo Giovanucci, Re Salvador, Silvana Bosi, Masaria Colucci
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Costanza Coldagelli
  • Screenplay: Alessandro Aronadio, Astutillo Smeriglia
  • Cinematographers: Francesco Di Giacomo, Astutillo Smeriglia
  • Editors: Roberto Di Tanna
  • Music: Santi Pulvirenti
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: One Life, Maybe Two (2010)
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: 102 Distribution
  • International Sales: 102 Distribution