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Quasi Perfetto

East Coast Premiere

Director: Federico Frefel

Italy, 2023, 10 min

Shooting Format:35mm, 16mm, Super 8, Digital

Festival Year:2024

Category:Documentary Short

Genres:Comedy, Documentary, Sci-fi, Found footage

Crew:Producer: Finisterrae. Editor: Federico Frefel; Sound Design: Tommaso Barbaro; Sound Mix: Agit Utlu


In 1969, Switzerland's image of perfection was undermined by a clumsy television operator who mistakenly deleted the official commentary of the Apollo 11 Mission. Journalists Marco Blaser and Eugenio Bigatto will return to the studio of forty years earlier to correct the mistake. But it won't be that simple.


About the director

Federico Frefel, filmmaker and editor born in Milan in 1989. He attended the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in New Technologies for Art and later graduated in 2016 from the Luchino Visconti Civica Scuola di Cinema with the Documentary Short L'oro dei giorni (Visioni dal Mondo-Italian Competition (Special Mention) FIPA-Jeune Création, Festival Dei Popoli - Doc at Work).

In 2018 he shot his first feature-length documentary with Léa Delbès and Michele Silva, Blocconove (Salina Doc Festival - Italian Competition, Filmmaker International Film Festival).

In 2019, with Michele Silva and Léa Delbes, he founded Finisterræ, an association cultural with which it co-produces independent cinema projects.

In 2020 he produced Mario Blaconà's film Italia, teorie per un film di famiglia (Filmmaker International Film Festival-Prospettive Competition, FIDBA Festival Internacional De Cine Documental de Buenos Aires). In 2023, during the Locarno Spring Academy residency in collaboration with RSI Swiss Radiotelevisione, he created the archive short film Quasi Perfetto (76th Locarno Film Festival-Pardi di Doman, 48th Laceno D'oro, 34th Festival Internacional de Cinema da Fronteira).

Filmmaker's note

A film made by drawing on the precious archives of Swiss television RSI, sweet and at times comical, composed with minimal editing touches on the reenactment of the moon landing commentary by the presenters of the time. In this way the film distances itself from any heroic rhetoric with which the theme is typically charged, at the same time relativizing it in its claim to be a universal event in the association with the concert, which took place at the same time, of the Tropicàlia movement.

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