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AT THE BEDSIDE OF A HAUNTING

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DIRECTOR

Mirko G. Rauso

RUNTIME

9 Minutes

COUNTRY

Italy

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SYNOPSIS

A woman is grieving the loss of her unborn child as an obscure presence begins haunting her night.

At the Bedside of a Haunting is a short horror that gives a contemporary spin to a Southern Italian folktale (the Munaciello), marking the first time that such a story is adapted for the screen with an international audience in mind. Symbolism, slow-building tension and surrealism make its core.

DIRECTOR STATEMENT
I have long studied folklore and I wanted to tell a story that spoke to my land of birth, but I wanted to give it an artistic value and not simply adapt it. I carved a horror film out of it and developed a very particular structure that speaks almost entirely through visuals, because that’s how the story was first used to scare kids like me!

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Author, Contemporary Artist, Journalist & Film Director, Mirko has lived different artistic lives, almost entirely under pseudonyms, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. He has published a collection of essays written when he was a teenager (Il Prosciutto della Felicità) in 2017 and a crime/thriller novel (Piccole Anime Folli) in 2019. He has worked as a creative director, content creator and external consultant for film/television productions, brands and public personalities (Netflix, HBO, BBC, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Rosalía, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sophie Turner, Chromatics, Black Lives Matter). Mirko has written, ghostwritten and translated more than 600 articles in English and Italian (Bleacher Report, Pitchfork, New York Times), is one of Rotten Tomatoes’ approved critics and has directed 6 short films screened at international festivals.

In 2021, after realizing that he has always worked in the shadows, he decides to start over, staying true to his heritage and identity (subject of a conflict caused by a conservative family and surroundings), using his personal style and all the heart that he’s got.

CAST and CREW

Director/Writer/Producer - Mirko G. Rauso
Director of Photography - Angelo Monaco

CAST
Federica Palmieri - "The Woman"
Pasquale Ferraro - “The Munaciello”