The Nostalgist

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The Nostalgist
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The Nostalgist
Directed byGiacomo Cimini
Produced byGiacomo Cimini
Tommaso Colognese
Pietro Greppi
Screenplay byGiacomo Cimini
Based onThe Nostalgist by Daniel H. Wilson
StarringLambert Wilson
Samuel Joslin
Music byLorenzo Piggici
CinematographyGareth Munden
Edited byEleanor Infante
Wonder Room Productions
Release date
  • 19 June 2014 (2014-06-19) (Palm Springs International Shortfest)
Running time
17.44 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Nostalgist is a 2014 science fiction short film, written and directed by Giacomo Cimini, based on the short story The Nostalgist by Daniel H. Wilson.[1][2] It was produced by Giacomo Cimini, Tommaso Colognese and Pietro Greppi for Wonder Room Productions. It stars Lambert Wilson as the father and Samuel Joslin as the son. The short film was filmed in London and explores the themes of loss, nostalgia and robotics. It is noted for its performances and visual effects.[3][4]

The short film was partially financed through a Kickstarter campaign.[5][6]

The short film premièred Jun 19, 2014 at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and went on to participate in the Fantastic Fest 2014, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2015 and the Cleveland Film Festival 2014.[7][7] It later had a limited release in the United States and Russia.[8][9] It also premièred as video on demand on the We Are Colony on-line platform in October 2014.[10][11]

The short film was included in the short film programme Cult of the BFI London Film Festival 2014.[12] In 2014 it won the Méliès d’Argent, the Audience Awards at Trieste Science+Fiction Festival and Utopiales, as well as Best Short Film at the Giffoni Film Festival 2014.[13][14][15]

The short film was selected for the Short Takes section of the December 2014 issue of the American Cinematographer.[16]


A father and a son live in a world of Victorian splendour but reality turns ugly when the father's virtual reality system begins to malfunction.


  • 2nd place Best Short Film over 15 minutes - Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films 2014.[17]
  • Best Short Film (Generator +18) - Giffoni Film Festival 2014.[15]
  • Prix du Publique - Utopiales, Festival International de Science Fiction 2014.[14]
  • Méliès d’Argent and Audience Award - Trieste Science + Fiction Festival.[13]
  • Best Sci-Fi Short film - 28th Leeds International Film Festival.[18]
  • Best Professional Short Film over 10 minutes - Raw Science Film Festival.[19]


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  2. ^ "The Nostalgist". 2009-07-28. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
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  4. ^ "First Ever Trailer For Daniel H. Wilson's The Nostalgist Looks Good". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  5. ^ "The Nostalgist - A sci-fi short film by Wonder Room Productions — Kickstarter". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  6. ^ Aaron Couch (2013-05-09). "Short Film From 'Robopocalypse' Author Gets Kickstarter Campaign (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  7. ^ a b "Futureshock | 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market". Archived from the original on 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  8. ^ "The Nostalgist". 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  9. ^ "Фестиваль короткометражного кино и анимации Fantastic Shorts! (16+) | Афиша | Что идет в кино | Дом кино | Иркутск". 2014-11-17. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  10. ^ Aaron Couch (2014-09-12). "Daniel H. Wilson's 'The Nostalgist' Gets Trailer and VOD Date". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  11. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (2014-10-21). "The Nostalgist launches online | Comment | Screen". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  12. ^ "Buy cinema tickets for Take Me to the Other Side | 2014 BFI London Film Festival". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  13. ^ a b "Short Film Melies d'Argent Winners | Méliès Competition | European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  14. ^ a b "Palmarès 2014 | Utopiales : Festival International de Science-fiction - Nantes". Utopiales. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  15. ^ a b "The Nostalgist — Films — Doha Tribeca Film Festival". Doha Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  16. ^ "American Cinematographer Magazine: November 2014 - Table of Contents". The ASC. Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  17. ^ "Shortfest Announces Festival Winners | News for 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  18. ^ "Winners in 28th Leeds International Film Festival's Short Film City selection announced | Leeds International Film Festival". Retrieved 2015-08-10.
  19. ^ "Raw Science Film Fest Award Winners | Raw Science". 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-08-10.

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