Dario Marino - Sweetcases

12:40, 2007, Experimental
A case opens and reveals the ultimate element sprang from the meeting of two sexes : conception,
Ultimate dream and surreal vision of pregnancy, extreme praise of sacred femininity,
Through a metaphorical succession of sweetcases, up to the only inborn knowledge: the sweetcase that gives birth. Ultimate dream and surreal vision of pregnancy.
DirectorDario Marino And Enrico CalvagnaProducerDario Marino And Enrico CalvangaWriterDario MarinoCameraDario Marino And Enrico CalvagnaEditorEnrico CalvagnaCrewActors

Rosangela Calcagno
Camilla Toso
Francesco Cannata
Elena Ingrassia

sounds and music Antonio Musco


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Who is Dario Marino?
Dario Marino was born in Catania (Italy). Since the year 2000 he was cameramen for the breakdance shows performed by Enrico Calvagna & the Hardbreakers. He started as a author of shortfilms and videoclips in 2002 using a 8mm camera. He got a Bachelor degree in Modern Literature in the year 2004 at the Catania University, with a dissertation on Michelangelo Antonioni. At the end of 2004 he moved to Lille (France), where he thought Italian Language for a while and worked on new videoclips. Now he teaches Italian Literature, History, and Geography at a secondary school near Bologna. At the same time, he also works on photography and scenography too.

Your film is about?
A suit-case found in a beach discloses an empty Venice, which is like a big wrapper in which unreal characters and obscure objects interact with each other in the search of something or someone. At the beginning, the man and the woman that appear seem to show hard feelings. Later in the movie, this tension leads to some misunderstandings that at the end will lead them to a final encounter and pregnancy. Maybe, this is only an illusion !!!

How did you start with film? And do you have an educational background in art or film?
The most important push we received during the making of the movie came from the people working at the “Kairos” theatre of Venice : Rosangela Calcagno, Camilla Toso, Elena Ingrassia and Francesco Cannata. Both Rosangela and Camilla helped me with the scenography and the dressing. The others were very supportive during the whole process. With regards to my background, it comes from the love I have for the theatre, which allows me to focus all my energy on the camera lens and on an external environment.

Could you explain how you work, what themes or concepts and what is important to you?
Venice and its art, the magic that it transmits everyday were the most important drive for my work. Being aware of living in an unique world, where everything is reflected in the waters of the channels, I just took advantage of knowing another Venice, the city of my conscience and of my inner soul.

How did the film come about? Everything (carefully) planned or more intuitive?
The short movie was entirely planned at the beginning. We had an original screenplay, even if during the shots we considered other options- During the editing of the movies the latter option prevailed on the earlier ones. Enrico Calvagna, who handled the whole editing process, had an important role in this

How do you finance your projects (by yourself, sponsors or subsidy)?
My projects are totally supported financially by myself and Enrico Calvagna

New Media; a challenge for film makers?
It is a real revolution that does not influence only the mass media, but it also affects the relationships between the authors and the viewers. Today it is finally possible for anyone to promote his/her products through the internet, to reach a very diverse public that can enjoy the movies sitting comfortably in front of the PC

How does the internet influence contemporary art in general according to you?
We cannot deny the influence that this new media has on all art products, in particularly on videos. The clear proof of what I am saying is in the multiplication of film festivals, which have as main vectors of diffusion the internet. In the last 5 years, many European cities, even very small towns, have hosted a film festival. Obviously, all this was also strongly affected by the technical progresses: digital cameras and DVD’s now are really cheap and affordable for anyone.

What possibilities of the web are yet to be explored? Which dangers do you see ahead?
Internet, which has totally changed our way of living, is still at the beginning of his evolution. It does not have substituted yet the TV, which is the last bulwark of a nationalistic world that, luckily, is going to disappear soon. Considering the second part of your question, I do not see any danger. When Gutenberg invented the press, in the XV century, the reactions were quite contrasting. It took a long time before everyone adopted it. Similarly, today the work of the amanuensis are in the museums, witnessing a reality that does not belong to us anymore.

YouTube? Why or why not?
Absolutely yes. Anyway, I prefer to upload there only my old products. At this moment, on youtube you can find “Sono Incubi”, an animation videoclip whose vector graphic design was handled by Enrico Calvagna.

Does your work often circle the festival circuits, and do you visit festivals regularly?
I always try to participate to festivals. I send out my work to various European festivals, without any particular preference for a city or a festival. Due to my teaching job, I do not always have the opportunity to visit all the festivals I am involved in. Of course, if I get the chance, I do not miss any chance to see my work shown around.

Do you often meet and discuss with other film makers through the internet?
I use myspace (www.myspace.com/marinodario) to discuss with film makers, editors, musicians, and others.

How influential is the reaction to your film by the audience?
Just a little.

What is your next project about?
I am currently actually working on new things, but it is too early to talk about this…


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