The Vanishing Hitchhiker

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Shorts: Dramas
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 14, 2021 12:00 AM - Thu, May 27, 2021 11:59 PM

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Engaging narratives ranging from costume dramas to thrillers.

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Ticket Prices
General Public:$13.00 (+ $2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Festival Programs:Shorts
Minnesota Made
Tags:Minnesota Made
Release Year:2020
Runtime:16 min
Director:Rosario Brucato
Executive Producer:Veronica Brucato
Giuseppe Brucato
Producer:Rosario Brucato
Cinematographer:Rosario Brucato
Screenwriter:Rosario Brucato
Editor:Rosario Brucato
Composer:Marika Takeuchi
Principal Cast:Veronica Brucato
Giuseppe Brucato
Emanuela De Rossi


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Franz meets a young and mysterious hitchhiker who says he has had a car breakdown. After some hesitation, Franz accepts and accompanies her home.

Director Biography

Rosario BrucatoRosario Brucato was born on November 23, 1983 in Nicosia (Italy). During the last years of elementary school he began to be interested in cinema with a focus on Hitchcockian suspense. He soon began studying cinema, even self-taught. He graduated in Arts, Music and Performing Arts, presenting a thesis on Hitchcock’s filmography. After, he continued his studies in Performing Arts and Multimedia Production Sciences, which he concluded with the highest grade. In 2017 he wrote, directed and edited The Different Being, a zero-budget short film, initially born as an exercise, later the filmmaker decided to present it in some festivals and was distributed by Amazon Prime Video. In 2020 he wrote, directed and edited The Vanishing Hitchhiker, freely inspired by the homonymous urban legend. He has won at various Hollywood festivals as best director and at various international festivals as best filmmaker.

Screening as a part of Shorts: Dramas