Castello Cavalcanti, the short film written and directed by Wes Anderson which was released in 2013, came in collaboration with Prada and quickly became a viral sensation.
The film, starring Jason Schwartzman as an unsuccessful race car driver, crashes his vehicle in a humorous manner and lands himself stranded in the fictional Italian village of Castello Cavalcanti. In truth, however, the eight-minute project was in fact filmed at Cinecittà in Rome, Italy.
Having been financed by Prada, the lead character Jed Cavalcanti subtly dons a Formula One jumpsuit which is sponsored by the high fashion brand as he struggles in the last place while taking part in a race through the countryside.
Anderson, quite typically, pays homage to series of classic Italian films in his short, alluding to several by the great Federico Fellini. Released on November 2013, the Rome Film Festival handed Anderson its premiere that year and it was quickly met by critical acclaim.
The story follows Cavalcanti after he crashes his sports car in the middle of the public square and, after extinguishing the fire, sits with locals for a drink and some spaghetti while blaming the malfunction on his brother-in-law who “screwed the steering-wheel on backwards.”
With cinematography by Darius Khondji, editing by Stephen Perkins and costume design by Milena Canonero, Castello Cavalcanti is about is ‘typically Wes Anderson’ as imaginable. The combination of changing colours, panning camera and abrupt editing, his fascination with certain objects and the unusual and sometimes awkward relationship between people in his projects, this short has it all.