Great mix of elements in this experimental short from director LEONE aka Leone Balduzzi. “Sting Like a Bee” is a musical journey, made in collaboration with jazz pianist Ze in the Clouds, that offers a modern take on traditional courting. The film takes us through the streets of the Italian town of Vasto where we follow the adventures of protagonist Nicola Antonini and observe the all too familiar summer days of adolescence. It is also a tribute to one of Italy’s most iconic vehicles — the Piaggio Ape (or “bee”) — which is why LEONE draws parallels between the restless bees in search of the sweetest flower and Nicola’s hopes of catching the attention of the prettiest girl in town.


A C41 project
Creative Director: LEONE & Nico Carrassi
Director: LEONE
Music: Ze in the Clouds
Words: Nico Carrassi
Cinematographer: Giuseppe Favale
Editor and Second Unit: Vittoria E. S.
Executive Producer: Alice Chauvain
Producer: Beatrice Lebrun
Art Directors: Isabella Petricca, Carlo Banfi, Inga Lavarini
Stylist: Aurora Zaltieri
Line Producer: Antonio Cilli
Production Assistant: Ettore D’Ascenzo
Bolex Operator: Giorgio Melgrati
Colorist: Daniel Pallucca
3D Artist: Antonio Cottone
Sound Design: Guido Smider
Master at Arms: Paolo Galliano


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