Distribution of the short film "Note to Self" by Maria Gorgoglione in the international film festivals.
Distribution of the short film "Note to Self" by Maria Gorgoglione in the international film festivals.

note to self

by  Maria Gorgoglione
short film | drama

Poster of the short film "Note to Self" by Maria Gorgoglione

What if your house was haunted by yourself?

Synopsis

Teo is trying to compose a melody but has been stuck on the same note for too long. Letizia and a blurred Presence will impose themselves in his isolation, forcing him to trace the roots of his ennui.

note to self

by  Maria Gorgoglione
short film | drama

What if your house was haunted by yourself?

Synopsis

Teo is trying to compose a melody but has been stuck on the same note for too long. Letizia and a blurred Presence will impose themselves in his isolation, forcing him to trace the roots of his ennui.
Poster of the short film "Note to Self" by Maria Gorgoglione

Note to Self

Italy, 2024 / 30′

a film by
Maria Gorgoglione

with
Federico Cesari
Giulia Sanna
Alessandro Marzullo

Written and Directed by Maria Gorgoglione
Director of Photography Elena Sbrogiò
Camera Operator Margherita Marzari
Set and Costume Design Emiliano Sisolfi
Demetra Lanciani
Maria Gorgoglione
Make-Up Giorgia Melillo
Still Photographer Giulia Hrvatin
Editing Matteo Hrvatin
Composer Rest Aria
Sound Michele Saldarella
Leonardo Nerini
Producer Maria Gorgoglione
Valerio Chicca
Distribution Alpha Film

The Director

Maria Gorgoglione, director of the short film "Note to Self"

Maria Gorgoglione

Biofilmography

After completing a three-year degree at La Sapienza, where she mainly focused on film history and analysis and became very passionate about modern and contemporary art, she carried out a Master’s degree at RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts shooting three short films and realizing her deep passion for film direction. She’s also had different experiences as a Production and Costumes Designer, the most recent and significant one for the feature “Non credo in niente” by Alessandro Marzullo, selected in competition at Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema di Pesaro.

Director statement

The idea for Note to Self has its roots in an image that was stuck in my mind for a long time: a young boy wakes up in his room and a mysterious presence observes him, sharing his spaces without being noticed. This situation became a short story which, without ever coming to a conclusion, began to stir and require a visual part.
The story is based on a deep sense of incompleteness; Teo, the main character, is a fragmented person who is unable to establish a contact with the things he loves. The Presence craves unobtainable sensations relating to the physical world and everyday life, which Teo takes for granted. Letizia is the point of connection with the outside world, which we often push away but inevitably have to deal with.
I tried to approach the making of this film in the most unconstrained way possible, intentionally stretching the duration of simple daily actions to convey as much as possible the perception of a time that is still and twisted on itself. Time is in fact a fundamental pillar of this story; the idea that, regardless of our mood, time flows in the same way each day, and seems cruelly longer when we find ourselves in a state of discomfort, is something I simply couldn’t ignore while creating this story.
Note to Self is therefore a short film that mainly consists of atmospheres and sensations rather than a linear storytelling. It is a crucial moment in the life of a young adult, and above all the realization of the importance of connecting with our inner world and with other people.
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