Distribution of the short film "The stolen embrace"
Distribution of the short film "The stolen embrace"

the stolen embrace

by  Simone Gazzola
short film / Drama

Poster of the short film "The stolen embrace"

A woman is overwhelmed by the doubts of her new life as a new mother

Synopsis

Febe, a new-mom artist, is stuck at home, disconnected from reality. Not even the phone call of her husband and the crying coming from the cradle seem to wake her up.

the stolen embrace

by  Simone Gazzola
short film / Drama

A woman is overwhelmed by the doubts of her new life as a new mother

Synopsis

Febe, a new-mom artist, is stuck at home, disconnected from reality.
Not even the phone call of her husband and the crying coming from the cradle seem to wake her up
Poster of the short film "The stolen embrace"

THE STOLEN EMBRACE

( L’ABBRACCIO RUBATO )

Italy, 2023 / 10′

a film by
Simone Gazzola

with
Adina Elena Birtariu

Screenplay Simone Gazzola
Director of Photography Gabriele Spiga
Production Design Walter Fanucci
Costume Design Lorenza Mori
Make-up Vittorio Vetturani
Editor Simone Gazzola
Composer Alex Marton
Francesco Mignogna
Sound Alex Marton
Original Works Dario Vella
Color Gianluca Procaccini
Producer Simone Gazzola
Production Zolaga Films
Deorb Films
FirstLine
Distribution Alpha Film

Production of the short film "The stolen embrace"

The Director

Simone Gazzola, director

Simone Gazzola

Biofilmography

Simone Gazzola was born in Piombino, Italy, in 1973. After receiving his diploma, he worked as a
designer in the industrial sector, but he soon discovered that his interests lay elsewhere. He began experimenting with music, photography and drawing, and later attended several courses, never looking back. In 2016 he founded ZOLAGA FILMS which produces music videos, documentaries and advertisements. In 2019 he worked as assistant director in the production of the independent feature film “Elohim” by Paolo Vegliò. “The Stolen Embrace” is his first short film, which he both wrote and directed.

Director statement

Can a new mother and artist deny her child those hugs that she herself received with such love from her own mother? Can her child be excluded from this right? The Stolen Embrace is how I see diversity: rather than a limitation, it is instead the thing that makes us special and unique. This story reveals my own act of not loving, of not conforming, of not adapting to the norm. For this reason, I captured Febe’s “beautiful indifference”, in the way the paintings are hung, in the details I borrowed from the noir aesthetic. Her long walk down the corridor, her first movements, closes a circle of non-feeling, bringing the protagonist into real life. As a whole, long clips alternate with extended frames of black. These shots precede sounds and obsessive references, repeated between the rooms, that allow the viewer to perceive Febe’s unease. Certain questions arise: Does the beauty of this woman, suspended among these sounds, by chance relate to post-partum depression? To a sense of alienation? To a borderline personality? I never reveal the entire figure at once. Febe’s nervous feet, her shirt held between her teeth, and the canvases and paintbrushes laid on the ground are all details that give us clues about what happens beyond these images on film. They are her way of living in the world, her way of being “normal”.
I did not make this piece to shock the viewer, but rather to invite him or her reflect upon what it means to live “differently” in a conventional world. At the end of the short film, the viewer reflects on how easy it is to miss the simplicity of a gesture or of a glance because he or she neglected to see a different perspective.
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