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by Duccio Chiarini


His best friend is thinking about girls day and night. His father and even his little sister are constantly talking about sex. But it is a sore point for slender Edoardo who has a delicate problem. Beset with a congenital inability to retract his foreskin, even masturbating is an excruciating experience. Edoardo is nonetheless desperate to have sex – and he is not short of opportunities. Being a sensitive, thoughtful boy, he is popular with the girls. But when it comes to the crunch time he always begs off. Terrified of having an operation, he turns instead to creams, condoms and even octopuses in an attempt to treat his condition. He finds himself on the spot when his secret love Bianca suddenly suggests they go camping. There is nothing he wants more – but their assignation is doomed to failure. Duccio Chiarini delivers a light-hearted yet candid portrait of the desires and torments of a 17-year-old who must overcome his shame to do the right thing at the right time. His film interweaves family drama with a tender summertime love story. It also provides hope that even the trickiest of problems can be solved if the chemistry is right. Love must not always be a painful affair.

international title: Short Skin
original title: Short Skin
country: Italy
sales agent: Films Boutique
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Duccio Chiarini
film run: 86'
release date: FR 17/06/2015
screenplay: Duccio Chiarini
cast: Matteo Creatini, Francesca Agostini, Nicola Nocchi, Miriana Raschillà, Bianca Nappi, Crisula Stafida, Francesco Acquaroli, Michele Crestacci, Lisa Granuzza di Vita
cinematography by: Baris Ozbicer
film editing: Roberto Di Tanna
art director: Ilaria Fallacara
costumes designer: Ginevra De Carolis
producer: Babak Jalali, Duccio Chiarini
production: La Règle du Jeu, Asmara Films
backing: Toscana Film Commission
distributor: Good Films, Peccadillo Pictures, As Fidalgo Film Distribution, Epicentre Films, Mozinet


main awards/selection

72° Biennale di Venezia 2014Biennale College - Cinema
Berlinale 2015Generation 14plus
Cabourg Film Festival 2015Grand Prix, Youth Award

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