Graduation films 2022



2022 - 45' –Italian (Available subtitles: German, English)

In an underground theater, a bizarre company called Zorba is busy preparing its new show.

  • Antonio Catanese
    • Director

    Antonio Catanese

    Born and raised in Milan, he lived a dull and uneventful life until he came of age and decided to make up for his lack of adventure by means of cinema. During university (which he passes with maximum results and minimum effort) instead of attending classes he goes to films at the nearby film cinemateque. Where he is later employed as an archivist. Here he has the chance to juggle with different film formats making small shorts. Disappointed, alas, with the management he quits and is off to Africa where he makes his first failure film. He later decided to apply to ZeLIG. He has worked as assistant director, sound technician, and prop master in feature films, shorts, and commercials.

  • Marco Di Liello
    • Cinematographer

    Marco Di Liello

    Born in Bolzano. After working for 11 years as a mail carrier, he decided to change his life and pursue a career in video and film shooting. The unique point of view and access that film and photography can give to a story made him choose to work in the camera department. In the recent months he has worked as camera assistant, DoP for a number of music videos and also for the graduation film at ZeLIG School of Documentary.

  • Giovanni Mistroni
    • Editor

    Giovanni Mistroni

    Born in Bolzano. His film training is initially academic: he graduated in Humanistic Studies at the University of Trieste with a thesis on Andrej Tarkovsky and later perfected his studies at the University of Padua. Starting in autumn 2019, he began editing, specialising in creative documentary filmmaking.


There are sharp and contrasting divisions between the spaces in the film. There is an above and a below, and there is an inside and an outside. There are acoustic and visual elements that characterize the spaces and bring out differences between the surface, the city: buildings, sky, cars, streets, and stores; and what we are most interested in, what lies beneath: reverberation of train announcements, commuters’ footsteps, subway’s slipstream, a blast of frozen air, fluorine lights, and, in the midst of it all, a Stage. Only a glass window separates the atelier/theater from the underground walkway; from inside you can see passersby intent on going about their day, they have very different trajectories from those of our characters. Once through the glass, it feels like entering another world, a bubble where theater is made. Our characters are trying to make people laugh by dancing, talking, laughing; they tell stories, swear words. Making people laugh is serious business. And to do that they act. They play a game. The matter is far from simple, so we make a film about it. A documentary, about the life and craft of the actor. About actors. About Play, about acting and play. On Fiction.


Country of production: Italy
Shooting Format(s): 6144x3456@25p/4096x2160@25p
Original Master Format: HD 1080@25p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Screening Format: DCP, Apple ProRes or any on request
Audio Format: Stereo (2.0)
Running time: 60’
Subtitles available: German / English


Director: Antonio Catanese
Cinematographer: Marco Di Liello
Editor: Giovanni Mistroni
Soundrecordist: Leonardo Lepore, Davide Passaro


ZeLIG is located in Bolzano, Italy, a multilingual city where different cultures live together. The school is a place of exchange for students, teachers and film professionals from all over the world.
At ZeLIG the spoken languages are German, Italian and English. This creative approach to linguistic variety opens the gates to the international markets and to future opportunities.