Out This Week: Ernesto
Ernesto (Federico Russo) is a teenager who wanders, in search of himself, through the streets of Rome. Chapter after chapter, time passes – and people just seem to disappear. But he continues to live impromptu relationships, causing pain to himself and to others. Taking refuge in his happy moments and in political ideologies, he believes he can save his soul from suffering… although life will force him to grow and move forward.
Directed by partners Alice De Luca and Giacomo Raffaelli, Ernesto was shot in the 4:3 aspect ratio to give viewers a sense of the fragments of the lead character’s life – as if the film you’re watching were a lengthy re-working of the protagonist’s own memories. Ernesto is the first feature film the pair has made.
As a creative team they go by the name Freeres, which is synonymous with Brothers and Free Projects. Before making this debut, they organized several film forums, attended film festivals and made short films focusing on the inwardness of young people, reckoning that the modern Italian cinema has not really probed adequately into its complexity and suffering, thus failing to represent it correctly on the screen.
Check out the trailer along with some select stills from Ernesto below and click here to order your copy. The film is available on DVD starting this week!