The Wind Whistles

Alessandro Dordoni

animated-documentary film

year: 2021

format: DCP, HD
duration: 15'15"

production: Mimi Thomas, Cardel, OAK9 Entertainment
distribution: Bonobostudio

Countries of production: UK, Ireland, Lithuania, Italy

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Based on the memoirs of 20-year-old Italian partisan Lino Dordoni, Fischia il Vento (The Wind Whistles) traces the events that occurred during The Battle of Monticello, Northern Italy, on April 16th, 1945, when 450 SS soldiers executed a surprise attack at dawn against roughly 25 Partisan resistance fighters located inside the castle of Monticello. Stationed in an abandoned stable nearby and suddenly awoken by the echo of the battle raging at the castle, Lino and his squad set out on a journey to aid their comrades as fast as they can.  

Scriptwriter, director, editor: Alessandro Dordoni 
Director of animation: Natasza Cetner 
Voices: Denio Derni, Luca Torchiani, Francesco Wolf, Andrea Tagliabue, Marco Troiano, Joe Prestia, Vito Buchicchio, Giuseppe Magazzù
Design: Natasza Cetner, James Lawson
Storyboard Artist: James Lawson 
Visual development: Francesco Poiana
Animation Assistants: Agata Leniartek, Dominika Karc, Luke Ramsay, Sofia Negri 
Sound design: Alessandro Dordoni, Steve Bond
Sound mix: Steve Bond
Music composer: Paolo Fornasari 
Featured track: Lascia by Georg Friedrich Händel performed by Gallant/Meegan/Tobin/Kelly 
Production Companies: Cardel, OAK9 Entertainment
Executive Producers: Kelley Daniel, Rhiannon Crothers  
Animation Producers: Carla Mooney, Delwyn Mooney 
Producer: Mimi Thomas  
Co-Producer: Mindaugas Jokubaitis 

Alessandro Dordoni has been working as a Film Editor in London since 2012. He currently is Senior Editor at Chrome Productions, his work includes commercials, online content, documentaries and short films. With a love for storytelling and creating interesting narratives, his style of work is characterized by strong and detailed use of music and sound. He has won many awards for his editing work in the advertising industry. This is his first project as a Writer/Director and one that is very close to his heart.

Filmography
Fischia il Vento / The Wind Whistles (2021)

Natasza Cetner is an Animator, Director and Illustrator. The main themes of her works are the absurdity of the world around us and the surreal. Her films have been selected and nominated for many film festivals including Edinburgh, Berlin, Dubai and Montreal. Her latest short film Nigel has been selected by Vimeo as their Staff Pick. Represented by Irish production company Cardel, her work stands out from the crowd for the astonishing use of analogue and hand-drawn animation in an industry that is more and more digitally led. 

Awards

  • Special Mention for Best Screenplay, Animayo 2022

Festivals

Animateka International Animated Film Festival (26/11-5/12/2021)
Animayo International Film Festival of Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games (4/5-7/5/2022) 
Animatricks International Animation Festival, Helsinki (19/5-22/5/2022)
Kino Otok - Isola Cinema International Film Festival (1/6-5/6/2022) 
Japan Media Arts Festival (16/9-26/9/2022)