RIYADH: An Italian screenwriter has described Saudi Arabia as having “superb tradition and traditions” after delighting cinemagoers together with his very first screening within the Kingdom.
However 25-year-old Giacomo Mazzariol mentioned he was nervous about how folks would possibly react to his movie, “My Brother Chases Dinosaurs.”
“Whereas sitting and watching your film from one other nation, your thoughts is stuffed with fears and doubts,” he advised Arab Information.
“‘Will my movie be welcomed properly? Does every part make sense?’ I then relaxed as a result of I noticed that individuals who watched the movie had been actually happy they usually had a warmhearted response. They felt that it was an sincere movie, filled with true feelings.”
Directed by countryman Stefano Cipani, the film was screened on June 17 as a part of the inaugural European Movie Pageant, which noticed 14 European movies proven at The Esplanade VOX Cinema in Riyadh.
Mazzariol mentioned the viewers was intrigued with the film and requested him many questions after the screening.
“The folks laughed lots as a result of the movie is stuffed with lightness and humor, but additionally they took it severely they usually had been fulfilled by the dramatic and touching components.
“The story is in regards to the emotional coming of age of my character (Gio), that goes from the incomprehension of the internal world of Gio to the entire acceptance and understanding of his range. The journey goes by rage and disgrace, shock and braveness, fraternity and solitude, and it begins from the delivery of Gio until he grows up and turns into a young person.”
Whereas in Saudi Arabia, Mazzariol and a delegation from the EU had been additionally set to carry a workshop for native expertise in collaboration with the Alkhobar-based Arabia Footage Group, however the occasion needed to be postponed.
“The Kingdom has superb tradition and traditions that needs to be communicated extra to folks everywhere in the world, not solely with tourism but additionally by sharing native tales, by artwork primarily based on these days life and views,” he mentioned.
“Arabia Footage proposed to me to carry it (the workshop) throughout this version of the competition, however we didn’t handle to make it occur this time. That’s the reason I’m supposed to come back again to the Kingdom, throughout the subsequent version of the competition.”
Mazzariol mentioned that on his return he hopes to have the ability to mentor younger Saudis who’re within the movie and screenwriting enterprise.
“I believe the second version shall be within the late winter or starting of spring. The principle theme would be the relationship between books and films primarily based on my expertise of making the script of the film primarily based on my novel.”
He mentioned he hoped to show Saudi college students tips on how to analyze and evaluate the 2 arts of writing and movie.
“This may be achieved by watching scenes of films primarily based on books and evaluating them with the scenes of a guide — Kafka’s works tailored, Dostoevsky works tailored, and many others. — and likewise acquiring the information to differentiate the unicity of these two types of artwork.
“Some books are virtually unattainable to be shot, like ‘Ulysses’ by (James) Joyce, or the work of Proust. Not only for the variety of pages, however as a result of they attain a literary excessive peak which could be very particular to literature,” he mentioned.
Mazzariol mentioned he had all the time had a ardour for writing and liked literature courses at school.
“After I was in highschool, with all of the creativeness and concepts that a young person can have, I started writing for myself and tried to publish some articles.”
His profession as a screenwriting started when he printed a brief movie together with his brother Gio on YouTube.
“My brother (Gio) with Down syndrome was within the movie. It turned viral and the one who would turn out to be my future editor contacted me to do a guide on the video and my story.”
Talking in regards to the two days he spent within the Kingdom throughout the movie competition, Mazzariol mentioned: “What impressed me probably the most had been the fashionable buildings, the skyscrapers, the leisure areas, as a result of it appears futuristic.
“It was the primary time for me to go to Saudi Arabia. I like touring and discovering new nations and because of the competition’s organizers and the embassy of Italy, I may get in contact with Saudis that know Saudi Arabia properly.
“Within the markets of the previous city, I acquired a sensation of being on the door of one other world, as a result of there have been unimaginable merchandise from everywhere in the Center East and Asia.”
The author mentioned he spent a while finding out in King Fahad Nationwide Library earlier than exploring a few of the pure desert landscapes the Kingdom has to supply.
“I liked the recent winds, sand so far as the attention can see. It was very inspiring as a result of I’ve all the time learn books from that situation, for instance, ‘One Thousand and One Nights,’ however by no means skilled it.
“The hospitality of the European Movie Pageant was very excessive customary and properly performed, I thank them lots. I hope the competition could have nice success additionally within the subsequent editions. I do know for certain it’s going to be larger and larger.”