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 may 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 have been actually glad they usually had a warmhearted response. They felt that it was an sincere movie, stuffed with true feelings.”
Directed by countryman Stefano Cipani, the film was screened on June 17 as a part of the inaugural European Movie Competition, 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 significantly they usually have been fulfilled by the dramatic and touching components.
“The story is concerning the emotional coming of age of my character (Gio), that goes from the incomprehension of the inside world of Gio to the entire acceptance and understanding of his range. The journey goes by means of 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 youngster.”
Whereas in Saudi Arabia, Mazzariol and a delegation from the EU have 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 must be communicated extra to folks all around the world, not solely with tourism but additionally by means of sharing native tales, by means of 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 pageant, 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 pageant.”
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 feel the second version shall be within the late winter or starting of spring. The principle theme would be the relationship between books and flicks 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 how you can analyze and examine the 2 arts of writing and movie.
“This may be achieved by means of watching scenes of flicks primarily based on books and evaluating them with the scenes of a ebook — Kafka’s works tailored, Dostoevsky works tailored, and many others. — and likewise acquiring the information to tell apart the unicity of these two types of artwork.
“Some books are nearly 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 may be very particular to literature,” he mentioned.
Mazzariol mentioned he had at all times had a ardour for writing and cherished literature courses at school.
“Once I was in highschool, with all of the creativeness and concepts that a youngster can have, I started writing for myself and tried to publish some articles.”
His profession as a screenwriting started when he revealed a brief movie together with his brother Gio on YouTube.
“My brother (Gio) with Down syndrome was within the movie. It grew to become viral and the one who would turn into my future editor contacted me to do a ebook on the video and my story.”
Talking concerning the two days he spent within the Kingdom throughout the movie pageant, Mazzariol mentioned: “What impressed me probably the most have been the trendy 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 really like touring and discovering new international locations and due to the pageant’s organizers and the embassy of Italy, I may get in contact with Saudis that know Saudi Arabia properly.
“Within the markets of the outdated city, I acquired a sensation of being on the door of one other world, as a result of there have been unimaginable merchandise from all around the Center East and Asia.”
The author mentioned he spent a while finding out in King Fahad Nationwide Library earlier than exploring among the pure desert landscapes the Kingdom has to supply.
“I cherished the recent winds, sand so far as the attention can see. It was very inspiring as a result of I’ve at all times learn books from that state of affairs, for instance, ‘One Thousand and One Nights,’ however by no means skilled it.
“The hospitality of the European Movie Competition was very excessive commonplace and properly performed, I thank them lots. I hope the pageant may have nice success additionally within the subsequent editions. I do know for positive it’ll be greater and greater.”