The art of Happiness

By Alessandro Rak

Screenplay: Alessandro Rak, Dario Sansone, Marianna Garofalo, Italo Scialdone
Set design: Alessandro Rak
Music: Antonio Fresa, Luigi Scialdone
Luciano Stella, Maria Carolina Terzi, Mario Luchetti
Production: Big Sur, Mad Entertainment, Rai Cinema, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, supported by MiBACT, in association with Aleteia Communication, Romagnosi 2000
Country: Italy Year: 2013 film run: 82'

Due fratelli. Due continenti. Due vite. Una sola anima. In una Napoli al suo massimo decadimento, Sergio, un tassista, riceve una notizia scioccante. Nulla sarà lo stesso di prima. Ora Sergio si guarda nello specchio e quello che vede è un uomo di quarant'anni che ha girato la schiena sulla musica e si è perso nel limbo della sua città. Mentre una tempesta scoppia fuori, una folla di ricordi, speranze, rimpianti e presenze inizia a popolare la sua cabina. Prima o poi la pioggia si ferma e il cielo si apre ancora. E la fine verrà. O la musica tornerà.

Two brothers. Two continents. Two lives. One single soul. Iin a Naples at its utmost decay, Sergio, a taxi driver, receives shocking news. Nothing will be the same as before. Sergio looks at himself in the mirror and what he sees is a forty-year-old man who has turned his back on music and got lost in the limbo of his city. While a storm is raging outside, a crowd of memories, hopes, regrets and presences begins to populate his cab. Sooner or later the rain will stop

Festival & Awards:San Diego Italian Film Festival 2016
NICE New Italian Cinema Events Festival - Russia 2015

  • Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2014: Official Selection
  • Cinema Italian Style - Los Angeles 2014: CIS Doc
  • CPH PIX Copenhagen International Film Festival 2014: Ageless Animation
  • EFA - European Film Awards 2014: Best European Animated Feature
  • Internationales Trickfilm-Festival Stuttgart 2014: Competition AniMovie
  • Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2014
  • Los Angeles - Italia 2014: Special Screening
  • NICE New italian Cinema Events Festival - USA 2014: In Competition
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2014: Animated Dreams
  • Voices - Vologda Independent Cinema from European Screens 2014: Competition program
  • La Biennale di Venezia 2013: Settimana Internazionale della Critica - Special Event - Arca CinemaGiovani Prize
  • Madrid Italian Film Festival 2013: Lungometraggi
  • Raindance Film Festival 2013: La Dolce Italia - Best Debut Feature