by Marino Guarnieri
Country: Italy
Year: 2023
Duration: 18'

Matilde lives in downtown Naples and recounts her daily coexistence with the city through her paintings. After her love story comes to an end, she loses her inspiration but remains in contact with it through recurring surreal dreams, in which fantasy and reality come together in a colorful world. All of Matilde's acquaintances seem to dance in a vortex of the present, the past, and moments she has never experienced. And just when she begins to suspect that those dreams might not belong to her, Matilde discovers she is pregnant and begins to dialog with the new life she carries within. Awareness and the unknown blend inside her, and she finally begins to depict her interior world once again on the canvas...


film director

Marino Guarnieri

(Naples, 1975), director, animator, and illustrator, has made commercials, TV theme songs, educational works, fiction films, and documentaries. He has collaborated with the production company MAD Entertainment ever since it was founded, and has worked for it as an assistant director, 2D technical director, and VFX Animator and Supervisor for L’arte della felicità (The Art of Happiness) by Alessandro Rak (2013). The first feature film he directed, in collaboration with Rak, Ivan Cappiello and Dario Sansone, Gatta Cenerentola (Cinderella the Cat, 2017), was presented at the Venice Film Festival and later won two David di Donatello awards and a Silver Ribbon. He later directed the short Loop (2020) for the Dro@net project, and was responsible for the story, artistic direction, and editing of Yaya e Lennie - The Walking Liberty by Rak (2021). A popularizer and professor of animation at various Italian universities and schools, since 2019 he has been the President of ASIFA Italia (Animated Film Association of Italy).


Gatta Cenerentola (coregia/codirectors Alessandro Rak, Ivan Cappiello, Dario Sansone, anim, 2017), Loop (cm, anim, 2020), Due battiti (cm, anim, 2023).


film director

“Due battiti depicts the exact moment when a person stops being only a “child” and begins to realize they have become a “parent;” it takes that very delicate moment and expands it, transforming it into a story of personal growth. The concept of artistic creation mixes with the concept of biological creation because the ability to give life to something that has its own identity, its own personality, is a quality that belongs to each one of us. Creating a work and generating a new life have a lot in common: they come from within us and become something that is able to go beyond what we are, in space and in time. I have always been fascinated by this parallelism.”


& Credits

DIRECTOR, SCREENPLAY, CINEMATOGRAPHY: Marino Guarnieri. MUSIC: Marco Sica. SOUND: Enrico Pellegrini. CAST: Maria Pia Calzone, Angela Fontana, Conchita Sannino (voices). PRODUCERS: Maria Carolina Terzi, Lorenza, Luciano, Carlo Stella. PRODUCTION: Mad Entertainment.

CONTACT: Mad Entertainment info@madimnnaples.com