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Storm and Light Pictures // Official website // 2014

Dream, in eternal mystery.


GENRE: Historical drama
WRITTEN BY: Inga J Sempel
DIRECTED BY: Matteo Piccinini
PRODUCER: Clive Leighton



The Melted Heart


AUTHOR’S NOTES (by Inga J Sempel)

The Melted Heart is a love story born despite of a conflict and thanks to a conflict. When I visited the Churchill Barriers and the Italian Chapel for the first time, I felt that both were works of passion and pain. They were built to fight a war and bring two populations, the Italian and the Orcadian, together.
Cora and Guido represent those two worlds and both carry the wounds of the war on them. They both want freedom from their present living situation.
The core of the story is therefore the fight that an individual embarks on to reaffirm their self determination, their right to choose their own life path.
It is a story of freedom, strength and devotion to oneself and to the loved ones.
The tone of the narration is raw and lyrical; it ranges from the mud to the sublime of a clear dawn. It recalls Shakespearian dreamlike echoes but it lingers on the gruesome and realistic details of death too. It combines the claustrophobic scenarios of despair with the boundless flights of hope.

By Inga J Sempel


DIRECTION NOTES (by Matteo Piccinini)

I see the visual treatment of the film as a recall of Turner’s paintings, where the wind, the rain and the rough sea act as a natural scenery to an epic story. Aspects of the dark and tortured emotions that result from the pain of confinement coupled with the vaste desolate spaces are a key contradiction I want to explore and develop; the contrast between suffocating claustrophobia and the immense tree absent widerness, between and uneasy imprisonment and suppressed freedom, sheltering and wandering, the reclusive warmth of the huts and the harsh, unforgiving openness of the countryside. Ironically, these are elements that face all the protagonists. A dark and almost colourless cinematography will underline the anxiety and the depression of the POWs, who rarely attempt an escape for the fear of facing only barren, deserted hills. those same hills, surrounded by stormy waters, are also a prison to Cora, who sees in Guido a chance to be set free from the restraints of an isolated and narrow minded community.


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