2004 Italy | 1.85 : 1 | Runtime: 9 mins.
Director and Screenplay Writer : Franco Fraternale
Original Music: Bob Brozman
Cinematographer: Ercole Visconti
Film Editor : Luca Alverdi
Producer : Ipotesi Cinema SIRE
Cast : Arnoldo Foà, Stefania Rivi, Tommaso Malfa
ABOUT "LEZIONE DI STILE"
"Lezione di stile" was produced thanks to the Italian Ministry Foundation for films of "national cultural interest".
A bit of luck helps, and this was going to be a lucky project. I was very lucky when Arnoldo Foà, IMO the greatest actor we currently have in Italy, accepted to star in it, very lucky to get permission from the amazing Bob Brozman to use his music, and of course very lucky to meet a fantastic editor like Luca Alverdi who accepted to work for free on my short: there are good people out there, remember it when you’re down!
And some "down" moments came for me too: after I completed the film, I found out how difficult was to be accepted in a festival competition. I collected a series of kind but firm "no thank yous" (much to my surprise, because I knew the film was good!).
Finally, after being rejected from some of the most important Italian festivals like Venice and Turin, the short was made an impression at the Clermont Ferrand Film Market (in case you’re wondering: yes, the film hadn’t even made it to the official competition here…) by William Sloan, who asked for it to be shown in NY for an international short film exhibition called: "Outstanding Short Films from International Festivals" … at MoMA!
Kind of funny, considering that actually it had never been in a festival before! Anyway, Bill was a good prophet. In fact, all of a sudden the film started to be requested by festivals all around the world: from Almería, to Rome, from Tangier to Izmir, from Montpellier to Paris, from Florida to Turin to Lauseanne… always included in the official competition. Also it was bought by TV in Portugal and Spain, by Canal Plus East and by Telecom Italy for streaming. At present, "A Lesson in Style" has won a Kodak Prize, the FICE prize (given by the Italian national circuit of "Cinéma d’essai") and the prize for "Best Italian Screenplay of the Year" at the "dedicated" film festival "Storie di Cinema". What’s more, 4 years after its release, this film is still requested in festivals and keeps entertaining people all around the world.
It’s really much more than I expected when I wrote it, in my twenties… but as I said, a little luck helps!
- Franco Fraternale, April 4th 2008 -