Winning an award in the entertainment industry is often much more than just a pat
on the back or placing a trophy on your fire mantle; instead, it carries with it the
immense satisfaction of being recognized by one’s peers, while giving the artist yet another telling sign that the path he has chosen was indeed the right one.
Such is the case for Eitan Pitigliani, the young Roman director who recently wrote and directed a short film, You will Find Me, (Me Reencontraras Dentro De Te).
After having his film nominated in some of the world of entertainment’s most prestigious arenas, such as Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival, Madrid Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival, The NYC International Film Festival, and Rome Independent Film Festival, Eitan took home “The Golden Spike Award,” at the Giffoni Film Festival. The news came as a complete surprise. “I was astounded and flattered,” he told me.
Produced by Pier Andrea Nocella with Angelo Laudisa and executive produced by Laura Susanne Ruedeberg, the short film stars the Argentinean actor Andres Gils, and was shot in its entirety around Rome. The movie tells the poignant and lyrical story about Pablo, a young man who returns to Rome in search of his roots, and the whereabouts of his grandfather. As time passes, the search becomes desperate and ends only when he discovers that his grandfather had been tragically deported to Auschwitz.
Filmed mainly at Trastevere, Isola Tiberina, and the Tempio Maggiore Synagogue of Rome, the short film, “You Will Find Me,” showcases the director’s love for his hometown while making it clear that such a tragic era in history must never be forgotten.
Winning such an award and being recognized for his work has meant a great deal for Eitan. “Receiving this award meant a lot for me, especially because I consider the Giffoni Film Festival as one of the most beautiful and intriguing film festivals in the world,” he explained. “I was astounded and flattered when I was called on stage. Seeing so many youngsters and kids gathering to watch movies, enjoy them…is something amazing. It was so exciting, mostly because, at the end, from my point of view, movies are made to make people dream, and there is nothing better than touching kid’s heartstrings and letting them dream.”
Not one to rest on his laurels, Eitan is busy working on a new projects. “I am working on a few projects which are all about young people fighting to achieve their dream,” he added at the end of our conversation. “Which is, at heart, the American dream of the self-made man. The first one will be a joint venture between Italy and China. I am so excited to be working with these fantastic people from China, a country that I love and that will be my next home for a while as the United States was until now. I am even learning Chinese and the next would be a project that sees the United States and China join together on a story about something magical.”
Many thanks to Press Manager Katya Marletta.