SYNOPSIS: Riccardo, a 10 year-old child with Down Syndrome, has a big passion: theatre. He lives in a little town where a small company comprised of a director – a nobleman who inherited the small theatre from his family -, and Mister De Angelis – usherette but also handyman – periodically stages shows with the young and talented actor Mattia. Every day Riccardo, with the help of Mister De Angelis, secretely goes to the theatre to see the rehearsals with his favourite actor, Mattia, who is preparing his show as a mime, inspirated by French actor Marcel Marceau. But Mattia has a big secret, and nobody in town knows it. The only one who knows his secret is Mister De Angelis.
About the film: “‘Faces’ is a short film project focused on the theme of human disability. The short film, all set in a historical landmark theatre, involves normally able actors and actors with disabilities, and in particular people with Down Syndrome….We intend to stimulate a dibate about this crucial question, and at the same time our goal is to facilitate the integration of people with by any form of disability. The disable is “ACTIVELY” involved as a partecipant. We don’t want just to speak about disability as a subject, we intend to concretly show the potentials never expressed by these people. The cinematic art makes this kind of integration possible, constituting a real example of how phisically challenged people can express their creativity as well as people without any disability.“ [From the Film’s website – Volti]
Volti is a part of a substantial festival lineup for the Richmond International Film Festival which runs February 27- March 2, 2014 in and around Richmond Virginia.