The Parents' Room

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Writer: Diego Marcon

Director: Diego Marcon

Producer: Jacqui Davies

Short Film

Premiering at Cannes Director's Fortnight 2021

A family gather around a bed to sing a lament to their own deaths, accompanied by a blackbird.

In a bedroom, perched on the edge of an unmade bed, a man looks out of a window at the falling snow. A blackbird settles on the windowsill and strikes up a song which comes to form a melody over which the man begins to sing of the murders of his wife and two little children. One by one, his son and daughter appear, and his wife turns, each sings a verse of their own. The man then tells of his own suicide. Finally, the blackbird flies away and the man returns to gazing out of the window.

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Project supported by the Italian Council (7th Edition, 2019), program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Produced by INCURVA; Museo MADRE – Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee

In partnership with Primitive Film; FIDLab – International Coproduction Platform; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen; BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts