Cassie wakes up with a jolt to find herself sitting on an old armchair. Fog surrounds her and rain pours over the void. She stands up to find a wall covered by old wallpaper and a switch… and presses it. She has entered the world of her memories and she won’t have any other option but to move from one to the next, looking for an exit. Some memories are good, and others are devastating, but the presence of Stranger—an unsettling man who likes to steal the body of the people present in her memories—makes her feel that something terrible is about to happen. Something is something is missing from the memories she is visiting. She remembers her conversation with her parents, how she met Lucas, how she fell in love with him, how she planned their wedding… But there is something unreal about all those memories, and it troubles her. One last memory reveals what was real and what was not. She has been lying to herself. She did fall in love with Lucas, but they were never together; she never told him about her feelings, and never planned to marry her. She’s been lying to herself.
When I started writing my short film “Nemini Parco”, I was inspired by my own fears and insecurities; however, I rapidly found out that Psalm 90 was able to express in words what I had inside my head. One of the main inspirations resides in the verse 90:5, which reads: “You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream, like grass that is renewed in the morning”. For me this this is about how our life is but a breath. We all are insignificant, temporal creatures that have sinned. Also significant are 90:12-13, which read: “So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.” In my opinion, those verses describe this conundrum of human life while giving a word of hope to the existence and purpose of man. And in essence this is what the story of my short film is about: to be honest with yourself and to not make decisions guided by sin, but by love.