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Baptism



Italy, 2011, HD - Color - 31:50

DIRECTED BY:
Jessica Iapino

CAST:
Giorgia Fini, Priscilla Giuliacci, Giorgia Guerra, Elisabetta Mancini, Giordana Morandini

SCREENPLAY:
Jessica Iapino

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Dominga Colonna

EDITING:
Dominga Colonna

MUSIC:
Luca Bertelli

PRODUCER:
Jessica Iapino

PRODUCTION:
A Bloomer Production

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Two opposite places in the eternal city: Testaccio and Montemario. Five young missionary nuns. They apparently seem without a goal. However the determination and mysticism of their steps will make us perceive a sort of “mission” to complete. They will carry with themselves some natural cotton towels. The preparation. A sort of march-procession. While counting numbers in German, as if this training of bodies and minds, will lead them to their mission. A game inside an aseptic architecture, which recalls the regime. Rigorous, strict and mystic at the end of the path…Inside the laundry room in the former mental health hospital of Montemario in Rome, there will be waiting for them a beggar. A poor man without a roof. A young Hungarian man. The signs on his face and on this body will cancel his anagraphical age. A free person, free from the cages and constrictions of society in whichever country. A free man. Without the necessity of being acceptable for anybody. His clothes are filthy, his shoes old and broken, the dirt, the stench. The lack of “duty”. A being without identity? For a society, that labels us with and identification card… and him. He’s Free. He will be standing there. Waiting for them. The five nuns. The choreographic scenario of there entrance towards him: continuing being irregular but rigorous. Some metal containers holding some water and soap. The nuns with their natural cotton towels in their hands, will begin to dip them in water and soap and will then begin to bathe him. After having undressed the young man from his dirty clothes. The sacred bath is done very slowly. The nuns, as wives of a Harem, will know how to divide their tasks during the bathing process. Coordinated and devoted. After bathing the man, after having cleaned him completely. They will begin to dress him. With clothes that the society “imposes” us to wear: a suit, trousers, shirt, jacket. Leather shoes. Clean hair. Taking away from him his liberty.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Jessica Iapino born on October 14th 1979 in Rome where she lives and works. Graduated at Marymount International School she continues her studies at A.U.R. American University in Rome. Her work is based on an introspective analysis with an eye on contemporary society. Portraying its most simple and human aspects. Throughout a personal philosophy in a constant act of "construction-constriction". She starts experimenting with video, photography and installation. The need of the filmic medium becomes an important aspect of her work; considered mostly immaterial therefore "light". From 2004 to 2006 her dèbut with two solo shows: “HERO” Arturarte and “EDEN” presented at MLAC Laboratory Museum of Contemporary Art Rome. In 2007 Gemine Muse a show curated by Antonio Arèvalo "Le Jeu de l'Hombre" (lo sviluppo delle virtù cortesi) with a site-specific work at the Napoleonic Museum Rome. In 2008 the solo show “bring me back_HIGH” curated by Alessandro Facente, L’Union contemporary art in co-production with fondazione VOLUME! and in 2009 she presents a solo show titled “LOVERKILLERLOOP” Dora Diamanti Contemporary Art Rome. She participates to several Film & Video Festivals in Italy and worldwide among which the Optica Festival Gijon 2008, candidate to the “Optica Award” for Independent Artists, Gijon, Madrid and Paris. Is September 2009 she participates at the SKOPJE gates BIENNIAL 2009, Skopje R. of Macedonia, and wins first prize for “images on the move” selection. In her work the idea of filmic evolution begins to prevail, considering the concept of Cinema as a “medium” and not as “industry”. In April 2010 is finalist in the category “italian shorts” at the RIFF Rome Independent Film Festival. In October 2010 the work “Previous. To the source.” is presented in the project “Another_Fiction” curated by Antonio Arèvalo at V.M. 21 Gallery in Rome, Italy. In March 2011 the X° edition of RIFF Rome Independent Film Festival presenting as a world premier the short movie “Il Quarto Ordine” (the fourth order).

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