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Six recent short films will be presented in one short film program lasting approximately 100 minutes. Each short is preceded by a director video. The audience will vote on their favorite short favorite short.

TITLE: The Connection
PLOT: Rome, 1946.  A young technician receives the strange order to install a telephone in the Verano cemetery. Director Roberto Rossellini is asking for the connection; he needs the phone to complete the film Germany, Year Zero without leaving the grave of his son Romano, who died tragically at the age of nine.
DIRECTOR: Daniele Morelli
YEAR: 2022
GENRE: Drama
SOURCE: Courtesy of Premiere Film Distribution

TITLE: Mammarranca Mammarranca
PLOT: Giovanni and Michele are eleven and nine years old and they live in Sant’Elia, a working class neighborhood on the outskirts of Cagliari. The lives of the two children suddenly seem to change when a scratch card ends up in their hands.  
DIRECTOR: Francesco Piras
YEAR: 2022
GENRE: Drama
SOURCE: Courtesy of Sayonara Film Distribution

TITLE: Crumbs Mammarranca
PLOT: Alfredo is a policeman whose wife is expecting their fourth child. Work and life problems are crushing him.  
DIRECTOR: Rebecca Marie Margot
YEAR: 2022
LENGTH: 16’46”
GENRE: Comedy
SOURCE: Courtesy of Premiere Film Distribution

TITLE: Sweets* Caramelle
PLOT: Lucia is a middle-aged woman who occasionally visits her father’s grave in the local cemetery. One day, she finds a candy wrapper on the tomb. It’s a curious event that will happen again and again...  
DIRECTOR: Matteo Panebarco
YEAR: 2022
LENGTH: 12’33”
GENRE: Animation
SOURCE: Courtesy of Premiere Film Distribution

TITLE: Story of Your Life Story of Your Life
PLOT: The story of the life of a man, from birth to age 80, in a few minutes.  
DIRECTOR: Salvatore De Chirico
YEAR: 2022
GENRE: Drama
SOURCE: Per gentile concessione di Premiere Film Distribution

TITLE: Olly Olly Oxen Free Tana
PLOT: Alì is a 10-year-old Afghan boy who lives in a tent city in Greece. He spends most of the time with his friends and “housemates” and every day he tries in vain to illegally board the ferry bound for Italy. In his last attempt, though, following his friend’s advice, Alì decides to hide inside a camper. In this way, he finds himself face to face with Claudio, an Italian boy of the same age, who’s leaving the island with his family and camper after spending summer vacation at a camping site not far from the tent city.
DIRECTOR: Valerio Filardo
YEAR: 2022
LENGTH: 11’40”
GENRE: Drama
SOURCE: Courtesy of Shorts Fit Distribucion

TIMES: Madison: April 3, 5:30 p.m.
  Cleveland: April 12, 7:00 p.m.
  Salt Lake City: April 14, 1:00 p.m.
  Detroit: April 15, 5:00 p.m.
  St. Louis: April 16, 3:00 p.m.
  Kansas City: April 19, 6:30 p.m
  Phoenix: April 22, 1:00 p.m.
  Portland: April 23, 4:00 p.m.
  Indianapolis: April 28, 4:00 p.m.


The Short Program was curated by the Italian Film Festival USA.
*Not shown in Salt Lake City.