‘Col­li­sion of love and loss’ in­spires film­maker

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film - Ju­lian Wright

IT is not long af­ter Olivia (Maeve Der­mody) and Marco (Flavio Par­enti) meet in the film The Space Be­tween, that they play a lit­tle game over a glass of wine.

Each one has to list three peo­ple, dead or alive, that they would love to have din­ner with. It is a harm­less but re­veal­ing game. When Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group asked cowriter and di­rec­tor Ruth Bor­go­b­ello who she would choose, she paused.

“That’s a great ques­tion, I’ve never been asked that,” she said.

“Def­i­nitely Fed­erico Fellini, he is my favourite di­rec­tor and from an in­ter­est­ing pe­riod; also di­rec­tor Michelangelo An­to­nioni.

“The third would be my Nonna; she died a few years ago and I have ques­tions to ask her.

“I in­ter­viewed her for a video and there were some rev­e­la­tions that were mys­te­ri­ous.”

Pro­moted as the first Ital­ian/Aus­tralian co-pro­duc­tion, The Space Be­tween, about two peo­ple who meet by chance just af­ter one has ex­pe­ri­enced a per­sonal tragedy, makes its world de­but as part of the Lavazza Ital­ian Film Fes­ti­val this month.

Bor­go­b­ello, from Mel­bourne, said the story was in­spired by a time in her own life.

“I was in­spired by a per­sonal story; I first met my hus­band near a mo­ment of tragedy and I found that fas­ci­nat­ing, that col­li­sion of love and loss in the same mo­ment,” she said.

Some­what of a trail­blazer for helm­ing the first co-pro­duc­tion be­tween the two coun­tries, Bor­go­b­ello said she would do it again, de­spite the chal­lenges.

“It wasn’t so much that I wanted to be the first, but I did want to do a co-pro­duc­tion,” she said.

“It had not been done be­fore, so peo­ple thought it must be im­pos­si­ble, but it isn’t.

“There were a lot of dif­fer­ent chal­lenges; more related to bud­get sizes and fund­ing.

“Italy has a first-time fea­ture film fund which is ad­van­ta­geous, but in Aus­tralia it is hard to make your first fea­ture film.

“I would go down the path of de­vel­op­ing another co-pro­duc­tion.”

The Lavazza Ital­ian Film Fes­ti­val is on from Septem­ber 22-October 12.

For in­for­ma­tion, ses­sion times and tick­ets, go to www.ital­ian­film­fes­ti­val.com.au.

The Space Be­tween cowriter and di­rec­tor Ruth Bor­go­b­ello.

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