Castello Cavalcanti

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Castello Cavalcanti
Castello Cavalcanti 2013.jpg
Directed by Wes Anderson
Written by Wes Anderson
Starring Jason Schwartzman
Giada Colagrande
Cinematography Darius Khondji
Edited by Stephen Perkins
Distributed by Prada
Release dates
  • November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13)
Running time 7:46
Country United States
Italy
Language English
Italian

Castello Cavalcanti is a short film written and directed by Wes Anderson and released in 2013. Starring Jason Schwartzman as an unsuccessful race car driver who crashes his car in an Italian village, the 8-minute film was filmed at Cinecittà in Rome, Italy and financed by Prada. It debuted at the Rome Film Festival[1] and was released online on November 13, 2013. It quickly became viral and received critical acclaim.[2][3][4]

Plot[edit]

In a quiet Italian village in 1955, American Formula One driver Jed Cavalcanti (Jason Schwartzman), who is struggling in last place in a race through the countryside, crashes his car in the middle of the public square. Irritated with his situation, he abandons his car, blames the malfunctions on his brother-in-law (who is also his mechanic), and waits for the next bus out of town, which is set to arrive in 20 minutes. However, after sharing a drink with the villagers, he discovers that he is in his ancestral homeland, "Castello Cavalcanti", and that several members of his company are his "ancestors". After a friendly phone call with his brother-in-law, he soon decides to skip the next bus and spend more time in town.

Allusions to Italian cinema[edit]

Anderson references some classic Italian films in the short, including several by Federico Fellini, such as La Dolce Vita (1960) and Amarcord (1973).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Watch: A New Short Film by Wes Anderson". Time. November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wes Anderson Honors Fellini in a Delightful New Short Film". Slate. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wes Anderson's short film about a race car driver is classic Wes Anderson". Salt Lake Tribune. November 14, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Watch: Wes Anderson's new 8-Minute Short 'Castello Cavalcanti' Starring Jason Schwartzman". Indiewire. November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wes Anderson Honors Fellini in a Delightful New Short Film". Slate. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 

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