When I write, I put small symbols of various sizes in line. They are the same symbols that as a child I traced on paper, meaningless scribbles which arranged in a certain order have the power to create images. The joints are endless but every time I immerse myself in this sea of possibilities in a desperate attempt to extract a sense, to bring out a small theatre of signs able to tell something new and beautiful.
Pier Lorenzo Pisano is a director and author for cinema and theatre.
He graduated as a film director at Centro Sperimentale (National Film School). His debut short film Così in terra was presented in competition at the 71st Cannes Film Festival and was selected in more than fifty international festivals. The following year his second short film Antiorario was produced and presented by the 72nd Locarno Film Festival; meanwhile he directed the Italian version of his play Per il tuo bene and was author in residence at the New York Theater Workshop and at the Royal Court Theatre (London) for the development of his next play. His plays are translated into twelve languages and his work was presented at the 72nd Avignon Festival in the program “Forum des Nouvelles Écritures Dramatiques Européennes”. He received the most important Italian awards for new writing, including the Solinas Award, the Riccione-Tondelli Award, the Hystrio Award. This year his first novel Il buio non fa paura was published.
Characters: 2 men – available in Italian
Two brothers share their story of growth and loss through monologues and dialogues. Their words retrace and foreshadow their past and future lives, overlapping in order to piece together their relationship, their conflicts with the outside world and their mother.
The quickest way to create an emotional bond is by sharing a powerful experience. It doesn’t matter whether it is a roller coaster ride or a car accident; every little thing produces the invisible threads that connect those who love each other. Brothers share rooms, schools, clothes, grains of sand underneath their feet during beach trips; they share parents.
In short, they have all the ingredients for a deep bond. Despite this, it’s often hard to see the love of the ones we love. Not because that feeling is taken for granted, quite the opposite: the stronger the bond, the more it must be tested, stressed the need to be proven over and over again, waiting for the day when, reassured by that torn and weary love, we finally are ready to show how deeply we care.
And often, that day is one too late.
For your own good
Characters: 2 women, 3 men – available in Italian
A son returns home to face a difficult situation, and his arrival sets in motion the family mechanisms that have always been jammed.
Going back to where we grew up is a dive into our original identity: an old pair of shoes that we are fond of, that we would like to still wear, but they don’t fit anymore, our big toe pokes out and our heels hurt. The people that welcome us are always the same, perhaps a bit aged, mothers, fathers, brothers, aunts and uncles, grandparents, all wrapped up in plastic, as if time had not gone by, and it’s up to us to unravel them. But sometimes, behind a certain veil, we can find out that things are changing, even there, in that small universe of pampering and guilt, so tight and inaccessible to the rest of world, which is family.