Elu ilma Gabriella Ferrita

BFM — 40
BFM — 40
Life without Gabriella Ferri
01 April
Auditorium – Piazza della Libertà
Directed by Priit Pärn, Olga PärnItalian title: Vita senza Gabriella Ferri [t.l.]
Estonia / 2008 / 44 min.
Colour and B&W / O.V.

A married couple is constantly interrupted by their child while attempting to engage in intimacy. A thief, neighbors who perform secret rituals, sisters who provide virtual love, and a young woman laboring to repair relationships around her all intertwine in this bizarre drama.


«Life Without Gabriella Ferri is made in the same language as short-length animation. Time is compressed. I worked on the script for ten months. It would be impossible to make a live action feature out of Pilots on the Way Home but you could make it out of Gabriella. The only thing is that it would be 2 hours long. I co-directed the movie with Olga: we both have a background as graphic artists so we tried to find some aesthetics similar to what we created as graphic artists. That would have been impossible to achieve as a team without computers. The issue now is money. You can work endlessly until you feel the moment to say “it’s done” has arrived. On Gabriella we drew more than 700 backgrounds. We sometimes wondered how the production of Gabriella would have been done in a studio because we two did the job of around ten people – we had to take charge of specific tasks for which studios normally have somebody specialised in doing those: layouts, storyboards, and so on.»

(Priit Pärn)

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