154

DIRECTED BY ANDREA SBARBARO & RICCARDO COPRENI

Sci-Fi

Italy

19′

2024

SYNOPSYS

 

THE PROTOTYPE [TEST TYPE • 154] IS A HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, WHICH IS CAPABLE OF AUTONOMOUSLY ACQUIRING NOTIONS FROM ITS SURROUNDINGS AND – EVENTUALLY – DEVELOPING AUTONOMY OF THOUGHT. GIVEN THE NEARLY HUMAN NATURE OF ITS LEARNING CAPABILITIES, THE LABORATORY THAT PROGRAMMED IT HIRES A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, ASKING HIM TO INSTRUCT THE MACHINE AS IF IT WERE A NEWBORN CHILD. THE LEARNING PROCESS – WHICH SPANS 7 DAYS – BECOMES INCREASINGLY INSIDIOUS IN THE LONG RUN, POSING A PECULIAR YET CRUCIAL PROBLEM: CAN THERE BE A FORM OF AUTONOMOUS THINKING THAT EXCLUDES EMOTIONS?
DIRECTED BY ANDREA SBARBARO & RICCARDO COPRENI PRODUCED BY ANDREA SBARBARO RICCARDO COPRENI LORENZO MARIA CHIERICI AND ALESSANDRO LOPRIENO WITH GIOVANNI STORTI AND GIULIA BELLU DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY ANTONIO MORRA SET DESIGNER BIANCA RUGGERI COSTUME DESIGNER GIULIA VISMARA MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN NICO PALERMO PRODUCTION DIRECTOR FEDERICO FASULO PRODUCTION COORDINATOR GIULIA CAFAGNA VISUAL EFFECTSARON FORTI EDITED BY @r.b____sba

AWARDS AND SELECTIONS

19. Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival
WORLD PREMIERE
2024 - MÉLIÈS D'ARGENT COMPETITION

ANDREA SBARBARO & RICCARDO COPRENI

BIO

 

ANDREA SBARBARO, BORN IN 1998, GRADUATED IN 2020 IN FILM DIRECTION AT THE CIVICA SCUOLA DI CINEMA LUCHINO VISCONTI, WITH THE SHORT-FILM HIKIKOMORI. AFTER THE ACADEMY HE BECAME PARTNER OF THE ECLETTICA PRODUCTION COMPANY, FOR WHICH HE HELD THE ROLE OF ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, DIRECTOR AND POST-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR. IN 2021 HE DIRECTED TWO SHORT-FILMS: VAE VICTIS AND THE HUMAN IMPLANT, THE LATTER – STARRING GIOVANNI STORTI – WAS SELECTED IN MORE THAN 40 FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD. SINCE 2023 HE HAS BEEN PART OF THE FILM DISTRIBUTION COMPANY GORRILLA FILM DISTRIBUTION, FOR WHICH HE HOLDS THE ROLE OF SALES MANAGER.
RICCARDO COPRENI WAS BORN IN 1998 AND GRADUATED IN DIRECTION AT THE CIVICA SCUOLA DI CINEMA LUCHINO VISCONTI IN 2020. HIS GRADUATION SHORT FILM OSCAR WAS SELECTED IN OVER 25 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS AND WON SEVERAL AWARDS. HE IS CO-FOUNDER OF THE PRODUCTION COMPANY ECLETTICA FOR WHICH HE SERVES AS DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER. IN 2022, HE DIRECTED HIS SECOND SHORT FILM: THE GOD OF CAT IS IMMORTAL, A TEEN DRAMA BASED ON THE SHORT STORY OF THE SAME NAME BY THE CRIU COLLECTIVE. SINCE THE SAME YEAR, HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE AIR3.- ITALIAN DIRECTORS GUILD. RICCARDO IS CURRENTLY DEVELOPING HIS DEBUT FEATURE FILM.
ANDREA AND RICCARDO HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER SINCE THEIR DAYS AT FILM SCHOOL, THEY DIRECTED TOGETHER THE SHORT FILMS FAREWELL, FOR TODAY IN 2022 AND THE NEXT YEAR 154 STARRING THE ITALIAN COMEDIAN GIOVANNI STORTI.
2024
154 (Sci-fi, 19', IT)
2022
ADDIO, PER ADESSO (Experimental, 6', IT)