Short Skin
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    Short Skin

    Directed by

    Italy, Iran, United Kingdom


    86 min

    • Italian

    Comedy, Drama

    Ever since he was a child, the seventeen-yearold Edoardo has suffered from a malformation of the foreskin that stops him from masturbating and makes him insecure and ill at ease with girls. Shut up in his sexless microcosm, Edoardo reacts with irritation to the pressures of the outside world, which do nothing but exacerbate his insecurity. No one around him seems to be capable of talking about anything but sex: his friend Arturo, obsessed with the idea of losing his virginity; his parents who urge Edoardo to make overtures to Bianca, the girl next door who has arrived from Milan as she does every year to spend the vacation with her grandmother; even his little sister Olivia, frantically in search of a bitch with which to mate her dog. It will not be the pressures of others that will release Edoardo from his shyness but the close encounter with a girl he meets by chance and an unexpected receptiveness toward him on Bianca’s part. Forced against his will to emerge from the shadows in which he has hidden for years, Edoardo will initially try to solve his problem by clumsy stratagems before finding, at last, the courage to face his own fears.


    • Best Debut Film - Ciak d’Oro
    • Grand Prix, Prix de la Jeunesse - Cabourg Film Festival
    • Mario Verdone Award - European FF



    Matteo Creatini
    Francesca Agostini
    Nicola Nocchi
    Miriana Raschillà
    Bianca Ceravolo
    Michele Crestacci
    Bianca Nappi
    Crisula Stafida
    Francesco Acquaroli
    Lisa Granuzza di Vita
    Baris Ozbicer


    Funny and tender about male adolescence at its most — ouch! — vulnerable, Short Skin was not just the class of this year’s Biennale College; it was one of the smartest, most enjoyable films at Venice 71.

    Richard Corliss, TIME

    A captivating first feature.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    Duccio Chiarini

    Duccio Chiarini


    London Film School graduate Duccio Chiarini made several short films before he wrote and directed the documentary HIT THE ROAD, GRANNY, (HIT THE ROAD, NONNA) which premiered at Venice Days 2011. It was subsequently selected at many festivals, among which Thessaloniki, Krakow and Sofia.
    With his debut feature, SHORT SKIN, he participated in the Biennale College – Cinema. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2014, where it received a Special Mention and was nominated for a Crystal Bear in Generation 14plus at the Berlinale in 2015. It was then selected at many other festivals including Rio de Janeiro, Seattle, Sofia and Vancouver.
    His latest film, THE GUEST (2018) played at the 2018 Locarno Festival in the Piazza Grande programme.

    Selected Filmography