IN MEMORY OF (2021)
Synopsis
How does a fading memory look like? A forgotten person faces the material disappearance of what it passed. Oblivion gradually consumes everything, destroying every possible illusion of eternity.
In memory of those who no longer exist, neither as a face, nor in our memories, nor in a short film.

– FESTIVAL SELECTIONS –

-Official Selection – Ribalta Experimental Film Festival 2022
-Official Selection – Filmfest Bremen 2022 (Innovation)
-Official Selection – 17th Kino Otok (Video on the Beach)
-Official Selection – Minikino Film Week 2022
-Official Selection – 5th Photometria in Motion (VideoArt)
-Official Selection – Ferfilm Festival 2022
-Official Selection – Ibrida Festival delle Arti Intermediali 2022

BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY
Mattia BIOLI (1996, Italy) is a filmmaker and artist. He has always been interested in experimenting and exploring every type of media and technique, from photography to animation, with whom he created different inter-medial projects. His short films have been exhibited at several national and international film festivals, including Visioni Italiane (Cineteca Bologna), Piccolo Grande Cinema (Cineteca Milano), Ribalta Experimental, Filmfest Bremen, TOFUZI, Linea d’Ombra. At the same time, he has been running a YouTube channel since 2014, where he tells the background of his personal works.

  • Happy (2015) – short film
  • Palloncino (2017) – short film
  • Friend Box (2018) – short film
  • Mr. Angle (2019) – short film
  • In Memory Of (2021) – short film

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
Going around flea markets it is easy to find old photos. These often represent our last testimony of time on Earth, but nevertheless they are sold at very low prices without any sentimental value. Through ‘In Memory Of’ I wanted to deal precisely with this emotional ambiguity related to oblivion. I was fascinated by the ironic contrast that firmly links importance and irrelevance of a memory. When our very last photo disappears, it is like we physically never exisisted.

Based on this perspective, also my short film could be forgotten, destroyed or lost in time. For this reason, I wanted to study a process of breakdown of the video itself. In fact, everything is destined to corrupt and deteriorate, including the digital file of this short film during his playing time.

The great challenge was to find a new language regarding the alienated and distorted humanoid shapes that I got simply turning the focus ring. The resulting unfocused image was completely physical and concrete, although it represented something apparently abstract as a memory. The out of focus had to trasform from a classic medium of hiding to an original one of visualizing the fine line between what exists and what suddenly no longer exists.

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