“No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul”. Ingmar Bergman

Interview Luca Caserta

TELL ME WHO I AM

Luca Caserta, is an Italian director, screenwriter and filmmaker, graduated from the Movie Academy of Cinecittà (Rome) by Carlo Lizzani and other Italian Cinema masters. He also studied Cinematography with the Director of Photography Giuseppe Lanci at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome). Raised in the show business, he has gained professional experiences both in theater and film industry. He’s author of short films and documentaries that touch different genres, styles and themes, from comedy, to social/civil commitment and human rights, to the investigation of the most obscure aspects of the human psyche, highlighting a certain artistic versatility. His short film “Dal profondo” is distributed worldwide by IndiePix Films. His new short film “Tell Me Who I Am” (“Dimmi chi sono”) has been screened and awarded at many International Film Festivals. The soundtrack includes also the song “Piccola stella senza cielo” by the Italian rockstar Luciano Ligabue. As author, he’s member of SIAD (Italian Society of Dramatic Authors) and of SIAE (Italian Society of Authors and Editors – Cinema Section and DOR Section). He is one of the jurors of the Sunset Film Festival (Los Angeles – U.S.A.) and has been curator of the Short Film Section of Schermi d’Amore Film Festival (Italy). He’s currently working on new projects and his first feature film. FILMOGRAPHY “His Majesty, the Bomb…!”, documentary (2005); “The Untaming of the Shrew”, short film (2006); “Outward – Return – Outward”, short film (2008); “Inside the Mirror”, short film (2011); “The Pitch Race”, documentary (2013); “Out of the Depths”, short film (2014); “The Canvas Forge”, documentary (2014); “The Other Side of the Moon”, short film (2016); “The Happy Groom”, short film (2018); “Tell Me Who I Am”, short film (2020); “Petro Tyschtschenko – The Commodore Years”, documentary (in production); “Mariska”, documentary (in production).

What did inspire you to make your film?

I heard from the news about a woman that disappeared from home and so I started to imagine the story: I wanted to investigate the theme of memory, of identity and of what’s really hidden behind the appearances. Other themes I intended to work on were the violence against women and the search for own lost dignity.

 

 

How did you work on the main character?

I wrote the script together with the leading actress Elisa Bertato, so we started to work on her character since the writing process and we could deeply focus on her backstory and psychological traits: we tried to understand who the character was, her fear, disorientation and inner despair. It was a really engaging and intense work for both of us.

 

 

What are your influences?

I watch a lot of movies of any genre from the past and the present, there are many authors and directors I strongly love, thus the influences are so much that it’s really difficult to define them. They sure shape my work, maybe also subconsciously, but what I try to do when I make a movie is to find my personal point of view and my own voice to tell a story.

 

 

What is your dream in cinema?

Continue to find and be able to tell intense stories that could instill strong emotions in the audience, creating a reflection and an emotional involvement. I think that the work a director can do on the subtext on a metaphorical level offers a lot of opportunities in this sense.