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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza’s Salvo

#53. Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza’s Salvo

Gist: Salvo is a mafia killer in Palermo. Rita is twenty and blind from birth. Salvo sneaks into Rita’s house, to kill her brother. There is a fight, a ferocious, hand to hand struggle. Salvo finally kills him, then he goes up to Rita. Those blind eyes, trembling with rage and distress, staring at him yet unseeing, seem to disturb Salvo and he closes them with his hands covered in blood. When he removes the hands, Rita’s eyes see for the first time. Heir to Bruno Dumont? We’ll see.

Prediction: Part of TorinoFlimLab, starting shooting in Summer 2010, seems to be ready to go, and has some very strong advanced buzz from those who’ve seen the (near?-) finished product. This is Grassadonia and Piazza’s first feature, meaning it’ll most likely land in the Semaine de la Critique – unless it really is something super special.

Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)


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