My name is Adriano Barone and I’m the director and writer of the short movie: “Tipologie Di Un Amore Fantasma:Armonia Vuota”.



PUFF: What is your inspiration in making this short film?

ADRIANO BARONE: This short film is a spin off of a graphic novel I wrote, “Tipologies of a Ghost Love”. It deals with the topic of unrequited love, which I’m quite obsessed with. Since I don’t consider my exploration of this theme to be over with the graphic novel, I feel compelled to produce further material, be it prose, other comic book stories or short movies, like in this case. In fact, the art subliminally inserted between or during scenes comes from the graphic novel.

As to the short movie itself, it basically started from the location: a deserted but not ancient house, a place that gave clearly the idea of abandonment, but still kept signs of recent events that took place there.

In a certain sense, the idea was to elaborate and to visually tweak a little the ghost-haunted house topos; the next step was telling the story of the ghosts haunting the place. And that story was about unrequited love. Again.

Since the location in my mind was the main character, so to speak, I decided I could visually express the idea of opposite feelings in the simplest way, through colour/black and white contrast, and then making it more complex by having different voices over that told two completely opposite versions of the same story.

PUFF: Your work is simple yet powerful. Tell us in your words of your narration/ experimental / cinematography styles.

A.B. : I love both mainstream and experimental movies, novels, comic books/graphic novels, but as far as my writer/graphic novel scriptwriter activity, I’ve always preferred to mix more genres in the same story (this is probably due to the fact I love Hong Kong and Far East movies…) and write stories with a surreal and weird tone.

In general I like imperfection, unresolved moments and scenes, anti-climax, counter-endings. If we consider standard storytelling to be a rhythm, we can say I have a backbeat approach to it.

As to moviemaking, this first short movie is experimental but it’s also my first directing experience. I think that after a short story collection, two novels and four graphic novels I’ve found my voice as a (script) writer, but of course I’ll need to direct many more movies to be able to say the same of my direction.

PUFF: Tell us more about your background and training

A.B.: I have a degree in foreign (English, American and Latin American) literature, plus a comic book scriptwriting diploma at the Milan School of Comics. But I’ve always wanted to give a try a film-making too, so I wrote tons of scripts for short and feature films that eventually got never produced. It was a good learning experience, though. Since I was not satisfied of the very few short movies made out of my scripts, I decided to direct one of my scripts on my own. And since it was my first direction, I decided to start little.

In light of the budget restraints (this is a very-low budget movie) I consider being selected at the PUFF 2013 as a huge achievement, and it makes me hope there is an audience, even if small, for the other sick and weird movies I have in my mind.