A lovely meditation on the riches of living modestly by director Jan Vrhovnik. Written by Ana Kerin and scored by Nico Casal, “Paradiso” introduces us to a small-town Calabrian named Giovanni whose sun-washed world of rolling Italian hills and sharing home-cooked meals with old friends offers a timely reminder of what really matters. “A dream coming true is better than just a dream,” Giovanni declares in this unexpected thought-piece about the ‘good life’:

“Cast in a corner shop, Giovanni was a chance meeting for the team who’d set out to Calabria to seek out the very essence of nostalgia. The team stumbled upon him and were taken by the sense of nostalgia that he embodied and the poetic way in which he uses language to convey a longing for simplicity. It was exactly what they had been looking for in a character for Paradiso. Completely improvised, his philosophical musings — weighing heavy with nostalgia and an unexpected wisdom — are what punctuate the themes of this memory-inducing three-minute short.”


Starring Giovanni Mimmo Mancuso
Directed by Jan Vrhovnik
Written by Ana Kerin
Music Composer: Nico Casal
Producer: Matej Marinko
Production: Bright
Line Producer: Daniel Kemeny
Cinematographer: Jan Vrhovnik
Art Direction: Ana Kerin
Camera Assistant: Denis Artac
Editor Andy: Sowerby & Jan Vrhovnik
Colour Grade: Toby Tomkins @ CHEAT
Sound Design & Mix: Sound of a Bear
Copywriter: Anastasia Mirai


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