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Synopsis

M atteo, a nine year old kid, designs a mask identical to that of his hero: a wrestler of a Roman suburb called The Tiger. Once the mask is on, Matteo never takes it off: he goes to school, sleeps in it and even bathes with it. What simply appears as a tantrum is in reality a call for help that nobody seems to hear.

Cast & Crew

GABRIELE MAINETTI

GABRIELE MAINETTI

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NICOLA GUAGLIANONE

NICOLA GUAGLIANONE

Writer View Details
MICHELE D’ATTANASIO

MICHELE D’ATTANASIO

D.O.P. View Details
FRANCESCO FOTI

FRANCESCO FOTI

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LIDIA VITALE

LIDIA VITALE

Actress View Details
SIMONE SANTINI

SIMONE SANTINI

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GABRIELE MAINETTI

GABRIELE MAINETTI

Director

Gabriele Mainetti was born in Rome (Italy) on November 7th 1976. He is an Italian actor, director, composer and film producer. His acting career began in theatre in 1998. From then on Gabriele played important roles in movies and TV shows. While acting he started focusing also on film directing achieving important results. His last release Tiger Boy (2012) is one of the 10 shortlisted live action short films that will advance in the Oscar race for the 86th edition of the Academy Awards®. Tiger Boy won also the Nastro d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) 2013 for Best Short Film. Gabriele is known for another short film: Basette (2008), which took part in more than 50 festivals and which was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2008 edition of Nastri d’Argento. He is now preparing his first feature film Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot.

NICOLA GUAGLIANONE

NICOLA GUAGLIANONE

Writer

Nicola Guaglianone was born on May 5th 1973. He attended courses in screenwriting at Anac with Leo Benvenuti. He worked as screenwriter and story editor for many tv series for Rai e Mediaset. He also wrote the stories and screenplays for two acclaimed short films: Basette and Tiger Boy, directed by Gabriele Mainetti. Nicola had also written the new screenplay of Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot prior to Gabriele Mainetti.

MICHELE D’ATTANASIO

MICHELE D’ATTANASIO

D.O.P.

Michele D’ Attanasio was born in Pescara (Italy) on June 18th 1976. At the age of 13, intrigued by the amateur cameras his father brought home, he started making movies, as well as finding ingenious ways of editing them. He worked as an assistant grip on a number of short films. He was assistant editor and editor until 2002. In early 2003 he volunteered to work for anyone who wanted to make independent short films and who needed a director of photography. He shot his first short film on Super 16: Al mare directed by Vito Palmieri. Impressed by the quality of the film, director Pippo Mezzapesa asked him to become the Director of photography in his movie Zinanà, another Super 16 short film, that won the David di Donatello Award in 2004 and which helped him draw the attention of high-standing professionals in the film industry.

FRANCESCO FOTI

FRANCESCO FOTI

Actor

Francesco Foti is an Italian actor. He was born in Catania (Italy) on September 24th 1965. Francesco has played important roles in movies like Baaria (2009, G. Tornatore), Alla luce del sole (2005, R. Faenza) and TV series like Il Capo dei Capi (2007, E. Monteleone), Intelligence – Servizi Segreti (2009, A. Sweet) and many others. He has been acting for twenty-five years, on stage interpreting both classical (Pirandello, Shakespeare, Checov) as well as contemporary roles (Camus, Albee, Levine). He was a member of the famous Italian Cavalli Marci Company, where he was both actor and playwright.

LIDIA VITALE

LIDIA VITALE

Actress

She was born in Rome (Italy) on October 12th 1972. She appeared as a regular in two seasons of the series Medicina Generale directed by Renato de Maria and in I Liceali 2 directed by Lucio Pellegrini, as well as “Giulia Doesn’t Date at Night”, directed by Giuseppe Piccioni, and in Sergio Castellitto’s latest feature film La bellezza del somaro. She starred in the official short movie for the Venice Film Festival La Dolce Vita directed by Gabriele Muccino. In 2000 she took up the challenge of producing and directing the play Donne di una Certa Classe written by Janet Feindel while in 2007 she received public financing to direct and produce her first short movie Musica per I miei occhi, starring her extremely talented daughter Blu Yoshimi (leading actress in Caos Calmo with Nanni Moretti directed by Antonello Grimaldi). In the United States she played Anna Magnani in a one woman show, Solo Anna, written by Franco D’Alessandro and directed by Eva Minemar.

SIMONE SANTINI

SIMONE SANTINI

Actor

Simone Santini was born on May 20th 2002. He is an Italian child actor and made his major role debut in the short film Tiger Boy in 2012.

Matteo
Simone Santini
Mother
Lidia Vitale
Headmaster
Francesco Foti
Director
Gabriele Mainetti
Writer
Nicola Guaglianone
Producer
Gabriele Mainetti
Executive Producer
Marta Cipriani
Cinematographer
Michele D’Attanasio
Editor
Simone Manetti
Costume designer
Margherita Meddi
Set designer
Martina Castagnoli
Music
Gabriele Mainetti

 

Awards & Press

T iger Boy is a short film produced by Goon Films in 2012. On November 22nd 2013, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 86th Academy Awards®: and Tiger Boy is one of them. One hundred twenty films had originally qualified in this category. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 shortlisted titles. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco in December. The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on January 16th 2014. Tiger Boy has won many important prizes around the world such as the Renault Award for Best International Short Film (Academy® Accredited) at the Flickerfest International Film Festival 2013 (Australia), as well as the Grand Prix du Film Court de la Ville de Brest at the 27° Brest European Short Film Festival (France). It has also competed with other short films at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as the only European guest. The movie has received important Italian awards too: Nastro d’Argento (Siver Ribbon) 2013 for Best Short Film and Best Short Film nomination at Globi D’oro (Italian Golden Globes) 2012 and at David di Donatello 2012. Tiger Boy came second at the Giffoni Film Festival 2012 in the section Generator +13.

Awards
2013

  • 86th Academy Awards® category “Live Action Short Films” – Shortlist Nomination
  • 22° Flickerfest International Film Festival (Australia), Renault Award for Best International Short Film (Academy® Accredited)
  • Corti d’argento 2013 – Nastro d’argento (Silver Ribbon), Best Short Film
  • 14° Festival del Cinema Europeo di Lecce, Emidio Greco Award
  • 14° Maremetraggio, Studio Universal Award
  • Cortisonici 2013, Pubblic Award
  • Sorridendo Film Festival, Best Short Film
  • Titano Cinetour, – San Marino Film Festival, Best Short Film
  • 10° Naoussa International Film Festival, Award for Best Script
  • Mestre Film Fest 2013, IMG Cinemas Short Stories Award
  • Amarcort Film Festival, Fellini Mention

2012

  • Golden Globe 2012, Finalist
  • David di Donatello Awards 2012, Finalist
  • 42° Giffoni Film Festival (Generator +13), 2° Classified
  • 15° Genova Film Festival, Critics’ Choice Award + Special Mention
  • 6° Est Film Festival, Arc Silver for Best Short Film
  • 7° Overlook Film Festival, Audience Award + Special Mention
  • 2° Roma Creative Contest Best Direction Award + Best Photography Award
  • 9° Corto Dorico, Audience Award and Young Jury Award
  • Asti Film Festival 2012, Special Mention
  • 27° Brest European Short Film Festival (France), Grand Prix du Film Court de la Ville de Brest
FESTIVAL

  • 8° Children’s India International Film Festival (India – Bengaluru)
  • 28° Santa Barbara International Film Festival (USA)
  • Giffoni Sao Paulo Film Festival (Brazil)
  • Best of Short Films Festival en la Ciotat (France)
  • Prends Ça Court (Montreal)
  • Festival du Cinéma Européen de Lille (France)
  • Regensburger Kurzfilmwoche (Germany)
  • Festival International de cinema et d’art de Percé (Canada)
  • Fil’m Hafizasi (Turkey)
  • Clare Valley Film Festival (Australia)
  • 26° Helsinki Film Festival (Finlandia)
  • Cortometraggi che passione – FICE
  • 19° Festival Visioni Italiane
  • Festival Pontino del Cortometraggio
  • Punto di Vista Film Festival
  • Santa Marinella Film Festival
  • Bolzano Short Film Festival
  • Brianza Film Corto Festival
  • VisualFest 2013
  • 11° Short Film Review (Poland)
  • 8° Monterrey Int’l Film Festival (Mexico)
  • 36° Open Air Film Fest Weiterstadt (Germany)
  • 10° Molise Cinema Film Festival
  • 12° Corto in Bra International Film Festival (Cinema Corto in Italy)
  • 20° Arcipelago
  • 1° San Marino Film Festival
  • Film Lab Festival 2012
  • Festival International du Court Métrage à Clermont-Ferrand
  • Una storia violenta raccontata con particolare delicatezza 

    SNGCI
  • Una ‘piccola’ opera d’arte 

    Il Tempo
  • Tiger Boy vaut tous les détours 

    Format Court
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  • Uno sguardo originale e un’acuta capacità d’osservazione psicologica ed ambientale 

    Studio Universal
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  • Una mano registica ferma affronta un tema delicato che è trattato in modo originale e coinvolgente, giocando brillantemente con le possibilità offerte dalla macchina filmica 

    Est Film Festival
 

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Marco Giarracca
B/W
Valeria Petitto

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