#SHORTVIEW: “Blue Borsalino” by Mark Lobatto

Synopsis:

When his first and only client wakes from a coma, a retired private investigator reveals a secret that has cast a shadow over his life for close to fifty years.


A SPIRAL OF MISFORTUNE


> First of all, why were you interested in shooting this story?

I wanted to tell a story about an old man whose life may have completely warped from a single moment from his past: something painful, which had led him to rethink his life entirely. That’s on the narrative side – but on the technical side, I wanted to make a film with higher production values, something closer to the long-form dramas I hope to make one day.

> Do you think past decisions or experiences can change our life?

The past is very rarely kept in the past. We’re always moving forward, changed by the present becoming the past, be it for better or worse. We can learn from it, certainly, but we’re often constrained by it – sometimes becoming anchored to a place or a person as a result.

I do think that we’re able to move on, since we’re always changing, and in a state of re-evaluation and re-adjusting. People don’t stay the same forever, we can wake up one day, and decide to do things in a different way, or overcome our problems, or choose a more positive path. It all depends on our actions.

> The “detective” sub-genre has experienced a resurgence in these past years, mainly thanks to a more “noir” conception. Did you see this happening in short films?

I haven’t really seen many “detective” short film, honestly, but I do think that the “noir” space is a very interesting one. Like in westerns, here you have this clear spaces where “good” and “evil” stand. And also, in a noir story, the audience is often faced with a protagonist who is flawed, maybe someone like an unreliable narrator, fighting against a spiral of misfortune.

There’s something in there that we all can relate to, I think, and on top of that, you have this highly stylised visual style, of lights and darks and contrast, which is very appealing and -psychologically-, leads to a mood of mysteries and secrets. For a short film, that’s a very powerful scenario.


Since the release of “Blue Borsalino”, Mark wrote and released another short film, titled “Stealing Silver”, and was -at the point of the interview- pitching some TV dramas and working on several feature scripts.