Can’t get to Italy right now? Then be transported by one of these short films. Set in Basilicata, Rome, and Venice, respectively, these three movies are exquisite, under eight minutes long—and a lot less commitment than a plane flight.
Seattle filmmaker Matthew Brown submitted this film to the Italian Tourism Board’s “Digital Diaries” competition. His task: to show one of the most untouched parts of Italy. He spent a week filming in Basilicata, and the result—a beautiful, trancelike short film with images that seem straight out of a dream—just might take your breath away. And yes: Brown won the competition.
Who knew Rome’s Termini train station could be so romantic? In “Notte Sento,” an Italian girl—played by the stunning Debora Antonaci—misses her train to Milan and has to wait in Rome until dawn. A chance encounter takes her on a whirlwind tour of Rome at night. The music, acting, and cinematography are exquisite, and the whole film is done stop-motion (more than 4,500 still photographs were streamed together to make the movie), giving the film, shot by Daniele Napolitano, a fantastical quality.
This vision of Venice, shot by filmmaker Adam Brown, is almost heartbreakingly beautiful. Atmospheric shots follow the city through an entire day. Portraits of Venice’s people, like the little boy drinking out of a fountain at 0:30, make this as much about Venice’s people as the city’s architecture and canals.