One of Italy’s most exciting young directors has some fresh visuals for our senses. Davide Melini is back in the hot seat with his latest short film, Lion. “An isolated chalet in a snowy forest… A man blinded by alcohol… A woman unable to rebel… And an 8-year-old child troubled and dark… The silent night is broken with cries… the start of a terrible nightmare!”
Featuring a cast of three, Pedro Sánchez, Michael Segal (“Colour from the Dark”, “Anger of the Dead”), and Tania Mercader, this short looks to be exciting stuff and has all the key plot pieces to make this an intriguing film. Produced by some huge names in the industry, Luca Vannella (“Thor”, “Harry Potter”, “Apocalypto”, “Heart of the Sea”), Alexis Continente (“Thor”, “Penny Dreadful”), Vincenzo Mastrantonio (“Titanic”, “Moulin Rouge”, “The Passion of Christ”, “Romeo + Juliet”), Bobby Holland (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Game of Thrones”, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”, “007 – Quantum of Solace”), Ferdinando Merolla (“Troy”, “Gangs of New York”, “Hannibal Rising”), Roberto Paglialunga.
Davide Melini has been busy lately working on everyone’s favourite horror show, Penny Dreadful, but i’m glad to see him back working on his own original work after the success of “The Sweet Hand of the White Rose” and “The Puzzle.” His directorial style is true Italian class, paired with his artistic eye for detail as DP, he certainly knows how to set up a shot and make the subject look glorious, but of cause, he was trained by the master – Dario Argento whilst working on Mother of Tears.
I asked Davide about the title, Lion and he gave me this insight – ‘The kid, Leon, loves animals and in particular lions. He has some lion posters in his room and some toys… And of course, his best friend: a stuffed lion!”
This really sounds exciting. A snowy, isolated chalet, an alcoholic and a child with a Lion – expect dark dreams and nightmares.
Lion is currently in post production but due for a Halloween release. I’m eagerly looking forward to this!