"This film is therapeutic" - Alejandro Jodorowsky. A shocking story of psychomagic, maternity, madness and superstition.
"This film is therapeutic" - Alejandro Jodorowsky
Our dream is becoming true: our first feature film is very near to be completed.
We are Luca Immesi and Giulia Brazzale and we wrote and directed this film.
The movie is about Psychomagic and its rituals. These rituals (paradoxical acts) cure the psychological wounds of an individual by liberating the subconscious from the emotional traumas experienced in the past. Alejandro Jodorowsky, the father and inventor of psychomagic, loved our story and accepted to play an amazing cameo in our movie. We love to say it's like making a movie about psychoanalysis with Sigmund Freud in it :)
All our cast is great and we believe our story is incredible. It explores the territory of maternity, madness, superstition, childhood and womanhood. The most of the film is located in rural Italy, rich in superstitions, popular beliefs, rites, fantasy creatures, ancient children plays and nursery rhymes.
It's the first movie in Italy, one of the first in Europe, shot on Red Epic 5K, with the same technology they shot Spiderman 4, the Hobbit, Prometheus, the Girl with the dragon tattoo.
Lia, a young and fragile woman, has a passional and morbid relationship with her boyfriend Viktor. Lia, due to a very sad event falls into a deep depression and decides to leave Viktor. She goes to see her aunt Agata that lives in a creepy 18th century villa in the Italian countryside. Agata reads the tarot cards and she is the healer of the village. She decides to cure the depression of her niece with a psychomagic ritual but Viktor reaches the two women and tries to thwart the efforts of Agata to help Lia.
Inspirations for the movie came from the books "Psychomagic" and "The Dance of Reality" of Alejandro Jodorowsky. We were very impressed by the rituals described in them, in particular by a very suggestive one, described in both books, that Agata acts on Lia in our movie. We liked very much the idea of writing and directing a movie about such an unusual subject: the Psychomagic. When we met Alejandro Jodorowsky and he told us that our movie was therapeutic, that it could cure the wounds of the collective unconscious, we became aware of having transferred in our film in the right way the thought of this great master, poet, writer and director.
All about this movie has been magic. A lot of people believed in our project and helped us to realize it.
Last spring a dear friend of us, Ketch Rossi, came back to Italy from United States where he had lived many years. We gave hospitality to him in our apartment in Rome and we lived together for some months. We share the same passion: cinema! We spoke together for hours about the possibility to realize our films and when Ketch discovered we had already written a screenplay, and that it was finished and ready to put into action, he told us he wanted to give us the possibility to shoot it: he had one of the first public Red Epic with him and it was the first one in Italy! He gave us also a set of Zeiss Master primes lenses! We were very excited and grateful to our generous friend and we knew we didn't have time to spare. We didn't have enough money to do a feature film so we had to ask some friends, relatives, collaborators and co-workers to help us. We work with one of the biggest cinema rental here in Rome, F.lli Cartocci srl, we asked them if they would like to coproduce our film giving us the technical equipment that we needed and they say yes. We couldn't believed our ears! A second step toward our movie was done. We still had to find the locations. We had written a low budget film, mostly setting in the old, creepy, 18th century villa of Giulia's grandmother but the current owner of the villa, Giulia's uncle, didn't know it. We told him that the villa would be insured and that we would choose prudently and wisely all the members of our crew (in fact the most part of the crew was composed by friends). The uncle agreed to give us the villa and then we find also the other locations all for free except one. The actors and actress accepted to act in our movie, renouncing their usual cachet, after having read our screenplay.
The film was shot in five hot weeks last August and September, we finished the offline editing in late November.
We had a little cash for the movie, now we need your help to completed it!
We are currently making the color correction. However our funds are not enough, we need to raise at least $ 44,403 for online editing, audio, music, vfx, subtitles, dcp, film print.
Please help us to finish our first feature film. Thanks!
Luca Immesi Giulia Brazzale
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