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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2011 - 12.21 July

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Bill and Kate hopelessly try to find some hint of an explanation after finding out that their only son, Sammy, committed a mass shooting at his university before taking his own life. They struggle numbly through the funeral, the media onslaught, and the awkward pity from relatives and friends. Their already strained marriage is tested as they realize all they have left with each other is their shared grief and confusion, and the unfortunate legacy of their son. This life-altering event forces Bill and Kate to face their feelings of guilt, rage, blame, self-discovery, and ultimately hope – so that they can finally see each other and their chance for happiness again with clear eyes.



I coniugi Bill e Kate vengono travolti dalla notizia che il loro unico figlio, Sammy, ha commesso una strage nella università che frequentava, dopodiché si è tolto la vita. Sconvolti e frastornati, i due genitori cercano disperatamente una spiegazione al folle atto del figlio, e intanto devono affrontare il funerale, l’assalto dei giornalisti, l’untuosa pietà di parenti e amici. Il loro matrimonio, già in crisi, rischia di franare quando si rendono conto che in comune hanno solo il dolore, lo sgomento, e il tragico lascito del figlio. La disgrazia stravolge le loro esistenze e li spinge a conoscere davvero se stessi, a vivere il senso di colpa, la rabbia, la vergogna, e a coltivare la speranza di tornare a essere felici.


Original Title BEAUTIFUL BOY
Category Official Competition
Section Generator +18
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 101'
Production Year 2010
Nationality USA
Directed by Shawn Ku
Screenplay Michael Armbruster, Shawn Ku
Script Michael Armbruster, Shawn Ku
Director of photography Michael Fimognari
Editor Chad Galster
Production Design Gabor Norman
Costume Design Cynthia Ann Summers
Sound Joe Dzuban
Music Trevor Morris
Main cast Maria Bello (Kate)
Michael Sheen (Bill)
Alan Tudyk (Eric)
Moon Bloodgood (Trish)
Austin Nichols (Cooper)
Kyle Gallner (Sammy)
Produced by Lee Clay, Eric Gozlan

beautiful boy regShawn Ku
Born Ithaca, New York. He graduated in Chemistry from Harvard University, but left the sciences to work as a performer in Broadway shows such as FOSSE, MISS SAIGON, THE KING AND I. As an actor, he played the leading role in SAMSARA (2001), directed by Pan Nalin. His graduation short at the USC Film School, PRETTY DEAD GIRL (2004), was screened at Sundance 2004. In 2008 he directed and choreographed THE AMERICAN MALL, a musical for MTV.


Shawn Ku
Nato a Ithaca, New York. Dopo la laurea in Chimica a Harvard, lascia la scienza ed entra nel mondo dello spettacolo, lavorando a Broadway in musical come FOSSE, MISS SAIGON, THE KING AND I. Nel 2001 è il protagonista del film SAMSARA, di Pan Nalin. Studia cinema alla University of Southern California, e il suo saggio di fine corso, il cortometraggio PRETTY DEAD GIRL (2004), partecipa al Sundance Film Festival. Nel 2008 è stato regista e coreografo di un musical per MTV, THE AMERICAN MALL.


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