Film edition 2021


Jacob, a boy immobilized in a wheelchair, fights boredom by spying on his neighbors across the courtyard. Sarah, a girl of the same age, spots him out and says hello with a piece of paper. The new friendship is suddenly interrupted when a menacing man approaches the girl and attacks her from behind with a screwdriver. Jacob, even though he is stuck in his chair, will try everything to help the little girl. But is the boy really witnessing a murder with his binoculars, or is he just not seeing the whole picture?

Original Title The Recycling Man
Category Official Competition
Section Parental Experience
Tipology Short Film
Duration 13' 25"
Production Year 2020
Nationality Italy
Directed by Carlo Ballauri
Screenplay Carlo Ballauri, Giovanni Gualdoni
Director of photography Alejandro Chavez
Editor Diego Capitani
Production Design Marta Marrone
Costume Design Renzo Iemmolo
Sound Alberto Parodi
Make up Elisabetta Paccapelo
Music College and Saverio Rapezzi
Visual Effects Hive Division
Main cast Virginia Newcomb
Benjamin Ainsworth
Terence Anderson
Produced by Ilaria Caiazzo, Maria Costa
Production Cavalieri della Notte

Headshot 9b17489720 headshotCarlo Ballauri

Carlo was born in Genova, Italy. He is a writer, producer, and director based in Los Angeles and Rome. He became interested in movies and narrative entertainment at a very young age and his objective has always been to create worlds using different media. He studied Marketing and Communication at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and graduated with a thesis on the “Intermediality in David Cronenberg’s movies: Videodrome and eXistenZ”. While at university, he produced and directed several shorts, including TA-KUO OR THE GROWTH OF THE GREAT, distributed by the Canadian Ouat Media, and THE ACTRESS, awarded at the Genoa Cinema America Festival among the best shorts produced by SDAC in 2008. In 2009, Carlo worked as a screenwriter for the theatrical actor and Rome Trastevere’s Teatro Belli supervisor, Antonio Salines. To continue his training, Carlo moved to Los Angeles, to study production at UCLA and filmmaking at the NYFA. In Los Angeles, Carlo experimented the use of 16 and 35mm in various art projects, while kick-starting a production team to direct music videos and commercials. In 2012, Carlo moved back to Italy and founded his production firm, I Cavalieri della Notte S.r.l. and the creative factory Little Big. He produced and directed LA DIVA, selected and awarded at numerous festivals. While working as product manager/director at Cavalieri della Notte S.r.l., he also directed the web series’s SPAZIO ULTIMA FRONTIERA and helped to develop various music videos and commercials. In 2019, back in Los Angeles, Carlo founded Sukiyaki Studio LLC, a start-up dedicated to the ‘nurturing’ of high concept IPs for TV, movies, and the world of digital entertainment. While still working in commercials, television, and corporate advertising with his creative factory in Italy, Carlo developed two feature films, I CAVALIERI DELLA NOTTE a.k.a THE NIGHT STALLIONS and CICALE (Crickets). His biggest focus is currently on the creation of his first TV series THE RECYCLING MAN, for which he directed the homonymous thirteen-minutes short in 2020.

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