Interview with Filmmaker Raffaele Pastrello (FOR THOSE WHO LOVED MUSIC)

FOR THOSE WHO LOVED MUSIC was the winner of BEST FILM at the December 2020 DANCE & MUSIC Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I believe the desire to experiment. I think, in reality, that mine is a continuous study on the peculiar way of seeing, of observing things; on the point of view. On the eye of the beholder. I am obviously talking about the formal aspect, how to visually tell a story, how to represent a concept through a narrative. To find the visual key. In this work, given the theme: music, in fact, welcoming an important input from my main actor and sound engineer Federico Lazzarini, I also wanted to add a particular way of listening, where his artistic – conceptual vision of audio has greatly benefited. in this. As for the visual aspect, the important contribution of my D. O. P Cristian Ferraro should not be forgotten.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

For Those Who Love Music was written in 2015, it was shot between the summer of 2016 and the spring of 2017: we needed the right seasons. Post produced between 2018 and 2019. Well, I would say a little for a short film. It had a very special and heartfelt process. There is a lot of us inside. Of me surely.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Atypical and sensory:)

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

It was a bit of a troubled path, more for personal vicissitudes than for real technical difficulties, at least at the time of filming, which I always remember with pleasure and even nostalgia. Post production went a bit slow due to some technical problems, but above all due to personal problems. There was good planning before and during the shoot which helped a lot to get what we wanted visually and some unexpected events became the starting point for a new idea.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Surprised. Excited. It is incredible to listen to people who give you such heartfelt feedback for your work.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

In reality, it was born from an episode that happened to me on a train while I was traveling to Venice. Someone, at a certain point, started playing the guitar just a few seats behind my shoulders and played with such charge, such emotionality and such transport that I was literally captivated. From his voice I thought he was a man, I didn’t turn to look at him, I thought about the reactions of the various passengers: with us, in Italy, at least in the area where I live, it is not very common for someone to suddenly start playing on the train, as if it were in a square of a famous historical center, but when the musician got off at the stop before mine I discovered, in reality, that it was a woman. And the surprise was such that the idea of ​​the short film set in Venice immediately started from there. It was the 2015 period of international terrorist attacks, which undoubtedly influenced the creation of the film.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock. I don’t even know how many times I’ve seen it.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Filmfreeway is a very comfortable and well managed platform to propose your work to the various festivals. I believe that if there were not many festivals, they would be difficult to reach or known immediately.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I don’t think there is a particular song that I have heard in my life more than others, I would say many, many songs and music over and over again. I could tell you about a genre that I have listened to much more than others such as Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, but my taste is also close to Dark, Gothic. I have a weakness for unsung music, such as film soundtracks or classical music and, both at the same time, if we think about the use that Kubrick made of it in his works. How can we forget Handel’s Madness in Barry Lindon, just to mention a music that I would listen to in loop. I am usually attracted to very intimate, minimal musical themes or, on the contrary, panic, majestic and dark themes like this one.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I am thinking of another experimental short film, where I intend to go even further on a visual and audio level. Continuing in some way the speech of For Those Who Love Music to overcome it and a real film, more narrative. We’ll see. We’ll see:)

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