Interview with Filmmaker Francesca Malinverno (ORO)

ORO was the winner of BEST SHORT FILM at the April 2021 DOCUMENTARY Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

What prompted me to make this film was the need to seek beauty in a moment of suffering. Beauty is not made by us, but is given to us and for this it should be taken care of.

Hence the need to pray. “ORO” means “I pray”. In all this there is the struggle and the discovery of a given beauty.

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

It didn’t take long to make the short film. It was really the spontaneous fruit of an urgent question that came from the heart: who am I? What’s the point of all this suffering?

So, it had to be fast enough. About two months have passed from when I started working the land to the moment of the last export in Premiere Pro.

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

Vital and intimate.

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

The biggest obstacle was looking for the right words to formulate the prayer. At first, I thought I would write it in my own words. Then I realized that to be a true prayer there was a need for an adequate, elevated language. That could elevate me. I picked up the Bible again, after many years of not really reading it… There I discovered that there were the right words for what I wanted to tell.

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

When I saw the audience talking about my film, I immediately marveled at how my prayer can go so far and affect the people who watch it in such different and personal ways. I also realized that not only my friends and I made the film, but also the public. The best reward I could receive was their amazement and involvement.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

As I have already anticipated, the film was born from the need to seek beauty in suffering and despair. This quest has become a prayer that begins with a struggle and ends with a wonderful discovery.

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

The films I’ve seen the most in my life are Terrence Malick’s cinematic works, “The Lord of the Rings”, Joe Wright’s films, British TV series based on the literary works of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen, and last but not least, Alfred Hitchcock’s films.

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

What I think is positive about FilmFreeway is the possibility to reach easily the festivals all over the world. Unfortunately, there is no possibility to meet personally through the platform.

9. What is your favorite meal?

No one has ever asked me this, but I think my favorite dish is Milanese cutlet with fried potatoes and mayonnaise. And a fresh Guinness, of course.

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

There are so many film projects that I would like to make… I hope to find more courageous producers in my country.

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