BLOODY MARY CHRISTMAS
Directed by Claudio Centimeri
Written by Claudio Centimeri
On the Night Before Christmas, a somewhat peculiar visit by Father Christmas takes care of a few unresolved family issues. He drops down from above and stirs up Christmas Dinner for a middle-class family, comprised of Uncle, Aunt, nephew and niece. The diners, religious and devout, follow the Church's orders by the letter, forgetting the real values in life.
Young Father Christmas grants wishes for Alex, a young boy forced to live with his ruthless uncle and aunt. Through lies and deceit, pungent remarks and a mysterious past, he will give Alex his freedom back, and 'sort out' the rest of the family.
Claudio Centimeri was born in Milan 42 years ago. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milano, where he got a diploma in scenography. He also attended Milan's Movie School. With a passion for comic books and drawing, he started to work as an illustrator for the main Italian publishers. For years he published vignettes and illustrations for the Corriere della Sera, as well as other newspapers. Also his are many stories published for the comic strip Tiramolla. At a young age he is struck by “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and, in 1986 he creates the Italian fan club. In 1996 he starts working in television as a director and author for the major national networks (Rai and Mediaset). As well as working for some major Italian productions (Verissimo, Target, Link, La grande notte, Markette, Sanremo, L’isola dei famosi…) he has kept working as an illustrator. He is an expert in stereoscopy, and has worked on a number of 3D productions. His short movie, "La casetta di marzapane" (The gingerbread house) from 2008, was shown at a number of festivals, and won several prizes.
January 29th, 3pm