Lost Epigraph Trilogy – Three short films by Dustin Cauchi
The ‘lost epigraph trilogy’, which is being presented in collaboration with Little Constellation Network, is composed of three short films by Maltese researcher & filmmaker Dustin Cauchi (b. 1981, Malta) produced during the period 2011-2013 with a total runtime of 55mins entitled Adieu Friedrich (2012), Sant Sant (2013) & Fenêtre Fenêtre (2013).
During the period 2011-13 Cauchi worked on three short films that outline the first phase of his research concerned with the conceptual and technical space of tension between cinema history and artist film. The three films are not related to each other in terms of narrative or progressive conventions, but rather share temporal characteristics: namely that of starting off at a particular, arbitrary point. This arbitrary beginning, understood as a lack of introduction that the films share, gave rise to the idea of a ‘lost epigraph’.
The three films have concealed or lost beginnings, meaning that the films take place in a fictive or documentative time-frame happening after important or difficult events that remain concealed from the viewer. The viewer can trace and construct some of these missing elements through the development of the narrative or by drawing upon historical or biographical facts like in the case of Alfred Sant’s political and literary background, or Miriam Gauci’s fame as an international soprano, or even Jody Fiteni’s years as a front man of one of Malta’s most promising 1980s band. The construction is only partially fulfilled however, and consequently the trilogy sheds light on the inability to fully understand these characters and situations, a reflection that in turn sheds light on a wider difficulty in understanding the other, history, the history of the cinema and more specifically the history of the Maltese islands.
The Trilogy premiere will be followed by presentations and a discussion with Alessandro Castiglioni, Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro, James Corby, Francesca Mangion, Dustin Cauchi and cast and crew members.
The publication Lost Epigraph Trilogy: Three Short Films by Dustin Cauchi with texts by Alessandro Castiglioni, James Corby, Nina Danino, Manuel Vella Rago, Francesca Mangion, Mark Mangion and Dustin Cauchi, Mousse Publishing, Milano, 2013, (in collaboration with Little Constellation Network & FenêtreProject with the support of the Malta Arts Fund) will be available during the premiere event.Adieu Friedrich (2012) – Jody Fiteni Anton Bonnici Francesca Mangion Produced by FenêtreFilm Cinematography by Dustin Cauchi Edited by Dustin Cauchi Directed by Dustin Cauchi With music from The Ophidian Twin, Karl Fiorini Sant Sant (2013) – Alfred Sant in ‘Sant Sant’ Produced by FenêtreFilm & Dustin Cauchi with the support of Pan European Recording France Screenplay by Francesca Mangion & Dustin Cauchi Cinematography by Dustin Cauchi Edited by Dustin Cauchi Directed by Dustin Cauchi Narrator: Marko Miladinovic Guest Cinematography: Noëlle Grosso With music from Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Sandro Zerafa, Karl Fiorini, Justin Meli & Fabio D’Amato, Fedora Saura Fenêtre Fenêtre (2013) – Nicole Bugeja, Frank Camilleri, Athanasia Kanellopoulou, Nathalie Holman & Miriam Gauci Produced by FenêtreFilm with the support of the Janatha Stubbs Foundation and Alliance Française de Malte Screenplay by Francesca Mangion & Dustin Cauchi Cinematography by Noëlle Grosso & Dustin Cauchi Directed by Dustin Cauchi With music from Karl Fiorini, W.A Mozart. www.dustincauchi.com/lost-epigraph-trilogy-2013 | www.fenetreproject.com | www.maltaculture.com | www.moussepublishing.com| www.littleconstellation.org Source: WhatsOn.com.mt