Duccio Chiarini / 2014, Venice, Berlin, Seattle, Stockholm / 86’
It’s summer in a small coastal town in Tuscany, and teenage Edo’s life is characterized by doldrums any adolescent would recognize— an annoying little sister, an abrasive best friend, a general fear for the future. He’s also decided that this year will be when he loses his virginity: except for a painful operation that stands in his way.
Duccio Chiarini’s debut feature, Short Skin, captures the rhythms of Livorno’s small streets and mines them for provincial comedy, framing the universal preoccupations of Edo’s scenario in a specific place and time. The result is a clever, heartwarming coming-of-age story that translates far beyond Tuscany.
"[T]he film’s visual style seems inspired by the Edo's character, an observant but withdrawn teenager, with the precise framing of Turkish cinematographer Baris Ozbicer (Honey, Yozgat Blues) maintaining a sense of dignity and respect that befits this sensitive gentiluomo in the making"
- Boyd van Hoeij, Berlin Review, The Hollywood Reporter
"[R]eminiscent of a Jason Reitman film"
- Scarlet Howes, Berlin Review, The Upcoming UK
"[W]alking the line between youth and adulthood with often hilarious consequences"
- Aubrey Page, Indiewire
"[A]n interesting and relevant cinematic experience"
- Stefan Dobroiu, Venice 2014 Biennale College-Cinema Review, Cineuropa