For the third consecutive year, one of my cinematographic works has been selected by the Selva Nera Film Festival of Padua. After "EDOnism" and "Malorda" it's the turn of "Draw in", a rural psycho-thriller I've filmed at the end of last summer as one of my "multimedianic" indie productions, in competition in the shorts section.
A few weeks ago, near the same location, representing Italy, I also shot the segment of an international collective documentary film conceived and edited by a young filmmaker from Rabat that will be unveiled within September.
A proof that even in the most remote corner of the deep countryside it's impossible to escape from the manifold depths of Self.
Written, edited and produced by AFAN Alessandro Fantini
Music inspired by the soundtrack of VANGELIS composed by AFAN Alessandro
In a 2019 technologically different from that imagined by Ridley Scott
and Philip K. Dick, AFAN analyzes that one described by the film that in
1982 was able, in its own way, to prophesy the loss of empathy and the
hyperconnected replicants loneliness of the current future.
Between video-magazine and documentary, informative program and
video-art, in this series conceived and produced for the web, the
multimedianic artist AFAN Alessandro Fantini browses the art currents
and the artists who have contributed to its aesthetic training over the
years, affecting the development of his personal multi-faceted approach
"Nowadays Empathy has become the most rare and endangered human ability. Just like John the Evangelist got the revelation he wrote down in the book of Apocalypse while exiled on the Patmos island, so I got the inspiration to compose an album about the "apocalyptic" skill of mutual feeling in the era of exile in the evergrowing island of online solitude. The supreme revelation will come when humans will feel each other again without talking, judging or reasoning. The supreme revelation will come when humans will FEEL again.
Then the book of the Empath will start with the breeze of an eternal snap."
Composed, performed, recorded, mixed and produced by AFAN Alessandro Fantini
Lyrics, vocals and sound effects by AFAN Alessandro Fantini
Although I find it stingy to
establish hierarchies when it comes to Art, I would not hesitate to put the
whole human and creative story of Leonardo da Vinci at the top of my
Indelible is the memory of that huge
tome dedicated to his work I received as a Christmas present in 1986. It wasn’t
the paintings, drawings or codes written
with specular handwriting, that immediately impressed me, but the superhuman
effort, largely disregarded, that Leonardo had accomplished throughout his life
in tracing his intimate cosmogony, made even more heroic and romantic by the state of draft of many of his most
Later, I was fascinated by how
that sense of sublime incompleteness, which found an admirable representation
in the use of chiaroscuro, was rooted in biographical experience, reverberating
in the enigma of his sexual identity. It was especially in the morphological
whims of his drawings of storms, anatomical sections, battles and caricatures
that I identified the germ of what would become my passion for graphic
fantasies and visual inventions so familiar even to the painting of Hieronymus
Bosch, Pieter Bruegel and William Kurelek. In the same period, I found that
calligraphic wit and colour mastery in the illustrations soaked with fairy-tale
realism dedicated to the life of the Gnomes by the Dutch Rien Poortvliet, an
artist who should be counted among the greatest figurative artists of the
twentieth century. It was along this path that I finally reached the reign of
Freudian fetishes, delirious hyperrealism and atmospheric compressions by
Salvador Dali, galvanized as well by Leonardo and Bosch in the gestation of his
stylistic code. A deoxyribonucleic chain of which Leonardo will always remain
the most irreplaceable and acid "sequence".