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"The clueless crowd will never know
how we ridicule life from hereafter.
Fate’s an illegible sphinx but we show
how its riddles unravel in laughter.
You may think it’s a childish vendetta,
an escape from your gloomy routines,
but you’d understand life so much better
if you knew what we are really means!"
From inside the noose, you observe the world in a different light... The one of the Gallows Brothers. Murderers, thieves, swindlers, but also innocents, dreamers and pure spirits. Over time, with so much hanging about in each other’s company, many of those hanged there made friends and fraternised. They became so familiar that they made up their minds to unite in a confraternity.
GALLOWS SONGS takes the cue from some apparently grotesque and infantile works by the German writer Christian Morgenstern (Munich, 1871 – Merano, 1914), whose barely sketched characters come alive thanks to Stefano Bessoni’s imagination. The book includes a DVD featuring the stop motion short film of the same name.
Stefano Bessoni is a director, illustrator, and stop-motion animator. He was born in 1965 in Rome, where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1989 he has been making many experimental films, video and theatre installations, and documentary films. In the 1990s he worked for many TV production companies as camera operator, cinematographer, and film editor. He taught film directing at the NUCT (Roma Film Academy) in Cinecittà and at the Griffith Academy in Rome. He also teaches many workshops on illustration and stop-motion animation at schools and festivals in Italy and abroad.
He has won various awards with his most recent films, Canti della forca, which was recognized by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities as a “film of national cultural interest”, and Krokodyle, Best Fantasy Film at the 6th CINEFANTASY in San Paolo, Brazil, Best International Film at the PUERTO RICO HORROR FILM FEST 2011, Special Mention at SITGES 2011 - 44° Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya, and a Special Mention also at FANTASPOA 2011.
His books for #logosedizioni are: Alice Under Ground (also available in Italian and Spanish), Gallows Songs (also available in Italian), Homunculus, Mr Punch, Pinocchio, Stop-motion. La fabbrica delle meraviglie, Stop Motion Workshop. First Level (Also available in Italian), Stop Motion Workshop. Second Level (Also available in Italian) and Wunderkammer.