Penalty Short Film

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12th August 2017
   

A Game Where No-One Wins

You can tell a lot from a short film. As the writer and director have short a small window to get their point across, it really tells you a lot about them and their style.

Penalty is from Italian director Aldo Iuliano and long-time collaboration partners Alessandro Giulietti and Severino Iuliano who wrote it.

It’s a slow start as we open in the middle of nowhere. A bunch of men about to start a football game in, what look like, less than ideal weather conditions.

They draw sticks to see who will be referee and, from the expression, you get the feeling he wanted to play.

After a while it starts to look like things aren’t as they appear. One side scores but no-one celebrates. Then, there’s a penalty decision and this is where we learn the truth.

We flip back to moments earlier, on the beach. You learn why these men (none of whom are actors) are really at this remote location. You learn why they are really playing football and, what they are playing with.

Penalty is a beautifully dark and atmospheric short film. Aldo uses a lot of slow-motion and the film is virtually silent at the start. This does get a little frustrating as you don’t understand what’s going on. You are just waiting for something to happen.

But you need to wait, you need to see what comes next. It will make you sit up and take notice. And then it will make you shrink back down as all is revealed.

Penalty is the sort of film you wish didn’t have to exist, that this tale didn’t have to be told. But it does, and it has been and all can be proud of their efforts.

Theatrical release dates:

  • August 4th – 10th, Arena Screen Hollywood, 6464 Sunset Blvd. Lobby Level, Hollywood, Ca. 90028
  • Fri & Sat: 6:45 PM
  • Sun: 5:45 PM
  • Mon: 6:45 PM
  • Tue & Wed: 8:30 PM
  • Thu: 7:15 PM
  • August 11th – 13th, Arena Screen, Santa Monica, 1526 14th St. Santa Monica, Ca. 90404

THE QUICK SELL
You can tell a lot from a short film. As the writer and director have short a small window to get their point across, it really tells you a lot about them and their style.

DIRECTED BY
Aldo Iuliano

WRITTEN BY
Alessandro Giulietti, Severino Iuliano

Running Time:
15min

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UK Box Office

#FilmWeekend GrossWeeks on Release# of CinemasGross to Date
1

Frozen 2

£4,397,9033676£33,678,829
2

Knives Out

£1,637,5252677£6,042,446
3

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£1,318,0634660£12,474,204
4

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£946,7862459£3,246,166
5

Blue Story

£378,5893277£3,676,952
6

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£184,8984399£5,620,610
7

Gremlins (4K Restoration)

£162,5281306£162,528
8

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£153,8211386£153,821
9

Elf (Re: 2019)

£148,4891274£148,489
10

Charlies Angels

£142,3692438£942,126

US Box Office

#FilmWeekend GrossWeeks on Release# of CinemasGross to Date
1

Frozen II

£35,165,61434348£338,090,515
2

Knives Out

£14,216,72323461£63,553,214
3

Ford v Ferrari

£6,655,13643746£91,228,489
4

Queen & Slim

£6,642,68521715£27,006,690
5

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

£5,200,50833491£43,120,923
6

Dark Waters

£3,996,27532012£5,181,024
7

21 Bridges

£2,865,05032465£23,917,746
8

Playing with Fire

£2,033,36952253£42,015,694
9

Midway

£1,933,13752100£53,395,608
10

Last Christmas

£1,016,76051262£33,453,935