Short Films

// SYNOPSIS //

Set in the 1920's, two lonely strangers spend New Year's Eve together in a condemned hotel.

// AWARDS //

Jury Award: Best Short Film Comedy | Long Beach Int’l Film Festival 2003
Audience Choice Award | Alibi Film Fiesta 2003
Judge’s Choice: First Place | Alibi Film Fiesta 2003

// OFFICIAL SELECTIONS //

AFI Fest 2003 | US
Austin Film Festival 2003 | US
Alibi Film Fiesta 2003 | US
Long Beach Int’l Film Festival 2003 | US
CineVegas Int’l Film Festival 2003 | US

// REVIEWS //

“Merging the sensibilities of early Coen Brothers with Jim Jarmusch, Vince Di Meglio’s brilliant El Elegante functions as something of a companion piece to his Fits & Starts (itself fantastic) in its highly stylized discussion of the difficulties of communication and the grace of small gestures…The picture is all about composition and symbol, located as it is in Barton Fink’s festering psyche and peppered with the sort of deadpan performances and sprung dialogue of Dead Man or Down By Law…Di Meglio demonstrates a knowledge of filmmaking wise and poetic.” –Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central (4/4 stars)

// INSPIRATIONS //

Barton Fink (1991)
Buster Keaton (1895–1966)
Clara Bow (1905–1965)
Edward Gorey (1925–2000)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Eraserhead (1977)
Grey Gardens (1976)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Lillian Gish (1893-1993)
Mary Pickford (1892–1979)
Mystery Train (1989)
Our Gang (aka The Little Rascals) (1929–1938)
Stan Laurel (1890–1965) & Oliver Hardy (1892–1957)
Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

// TRIVIA //

Filmed on 16mm in Burbank, CA.

j vimeo.com/98499115

Loading more stuff…

Hmm…it looks like things are taking a while to load. Try again?

Loading videos…