Barcelona Short Film Festival 2020
25 - 27 October 
Section 2
Giulia Giapponesi
Il Fagotto - The Load
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Females who don’t contribute to the demographic future of the country are seen as a problem to resolve, thus every year they are called to declare to a Government Office the reason why they haven’t had any babies in the last twelve months. 

Hi Giulia thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?

Thank you, TNC! As many others, I am trying to keep on working pretending that everything is normal, as I did during lockdown days. Fortunately, during the summer I had some shooting days (both for commercial and artistic projects). But now it seems we'll have to stop again...

Has this time offered you any new creative inspiration?

Definitely. Italy had almost two and a half months of lockdown. During that period I have been working on a daily basis on new projects. Projects of documentary and stories that are completely disconnected from the pandemic situation. 

Curiously, my last short movie "Il Fagotto", which is set in an almost empty town, seems more connected to it, even if it was written in 2017...
"Il Fagotto" (the Load) is one of ten Italian short films that was selected to be promoted around the world through The Italian Short Film Center. Did you imagine your film would get such prestigious recognition? 

No, I didn't even know that such a program existed! I think it's a great project because short movies deserve attention and I am very proud that my work was selected.

What does it mean to be part of Barcelona Short Film Festival's amazing lineup of short films?


Short Movie Festivals are always a great way for the public to open their mind up to new narratives. Barcelona Short Film Festival's lineup is incredibly rich andI feel privileged to have my work in it.

How much did your experience on your previous films help prepare you for making "Il Fagotto" (the Load)?

The Load was my first fictional work, but I have made more than 50 corporate videos in my career as a videomaker and I think that helped me a lot. 

"Behind the camera I'm enjoying myself and I feel much more relaxed!"

Can you tell me a little bit about "Il Fagotto" (the Load), what was the inspiration behind this film? 

The inspiration was political. Italy, as many other European Countries, as Spain, is facing a demographic crisis. In 2017 Italian government issued a social campaign aimed to convince women to have babies. 

I thought that this kind of interference in private life by the Government was kind of scary, but still I understood why somebody thinks it's necessary.

What were the biggest challenges you faced making "Il Fagotto" (the Load)?

The biggest challenge was the fundraising, as usual. Especially because Il Fagotto is a dystopian short movie and the main theme is a bit awkward. 

You won't find many firms and production companies that want to invest in a eerie, kind-of-feminist, story...Fortunately, we won a grant from the Emilia-Romagna Film Commission which partially covered the costs, otherwise we couldn't have made it.
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently on this film?

I just would like to have had the possibility to make it longer!

Have you always had a passion for filmmaking?

Yes, but it took a lot of time to confess to myself I wanted to be a director. I used to work in the editing department,
I was kind of ashamed to admit I would have liked more decisional power. 
Where do you feel most at home in front or behind the camera?

I am kind of an anxious person at home. Behind the camera I'm enjoying myself and I feel much more relaxed!
So it's becoming a necessity. I think I have to work on this...

What was the best piece of advice you've been given and do you have any advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?

The best advice I've been given was not to lose too much time with commercial projects, but I didn't really get it, or maybe I just was afraid of saying no.  To a fellow filmmaker I would say to team up as much as she/he can in the development stage.
And finally, what do you hope people will take away from "Il Fagotto" (the Load)?

I really hope it could help boost dialogues about the demographic crisis and it's possible solutions. 

One of the solutions is of course the one of opening up to new integration politics for the sake of welfare conservation.