2022 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

Narrative Shorts: Rituals & Riddles | 2022 San Francisco Dance Film Festival

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Highlights include the award-winning short Tap Boy (UK, 2021), where a vulnerable teenager finds escape from a violent gang by practicing tap dance. The darkly humorous An Evening With Taglioni (UK, 2021), by SFDFF regular contributors Jessica Wright and Morgann Runacre-Temple (Jess and Morgs) is their latest film commissioned by English National Ballet and is based on a true story from when legendary ballerina Marie Taglioni, the first woman to go ‘en pointe’, retired. Her pointe shoes were bought by a fan… Then cooked at a lavish dinner party and served to 35 guests.

The film begins with a look at generations past, a snapshot of Giovanni’s father dancing with a woman back in the 1980s. This is an example of his “Fuego,” the purpose or passion in one’s life. The story that Gio tells about his Fuego is set in a bar on New Year’s Eve. Gio had a falling out with his brother, Francisco, after he and his girlfriend, Nadine, tried to play matchmaker for Gio and a salsa dance teacher, Camila. Gio is in the bar telling this story to his friends, Eddie and Joel, instead of being with family on an important night. Moments before midnight, Gio sneaks away to check his Instagram feed and sees that Francisco is newly engaged to Nadine, popping the question this evening. Gio is full of regret, but as the night winds down Francisco makes a last-minute appearance at Gio’s bar. The two have a heart-to-heart conversation revealing Gio’s true Fuego, the importance of family.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    22:03 minutes
  • Country
    United States
  • Note
    Choreographer: Edwin FrankO
  • Director
    Edwin FrankO