Wes Anderson has crafted a wonderfully distinctive body of work with his feature films, establishing a visual style and tone that is instantly recognizable, whether it's live-action (Moonrise Kingdom) or stop-motion animation (Fantastic Mr. Fox). His style has become so well-known that he was recently parodied on Saturday Night Live.
That style and tone also extends to the occasional short film (Hotel Chevalier) or TV spot (American Express) that he's done, and it's abundantly evident in Castello Cavalcanti, his latest short film. Set on a September evening in 1955 Italy, it stars Jason Schwartzman as a race-car driver who ends up in the titular village and makes a surprising discovery. The short is witty, low-key and utterly delightful. And it ends far too soon.
Typical of Anderson's work, the short is precisely composed and features lovely, gliding camera work. Darius Khondji served as director of photography; he's collaborated in the past with the likes of Woody Allen and David Fincher. The legendary Milena Canonero designed the costumes; she did the same for Anderson's upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel and, previously, The Darjeeling Limited and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Created with the sponsorship of Italian fashion house Prada, the short, which runs nearly eight minutes, debuted at the Rome Film Festival this week, according to Variety. You can watch it in its entirety below.
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