Today, the second season of CB Fest passes its halfway mark with the world premiere of Lights (Spain, 2017), a metaphorical work that depicts how life’s many demands and pressures can mold us into a different person as we grow older.
Italian director Alessandro Novelli revolves the story around a silent adventurer who is floating through space until he stumbles across a house. At first the main character can barely fit in the room, but before you know, he’s completely adapted himself to the surrounding environment, and perhaps left behind a part of his true self in the process.
Novelli’s ethereal style resembles hieroglyphs drawn on a chalkboard, which lends itself perfectly to symbolism. Elements like the clothes the character puts on, to the ever-present buzzing of a mobile phone represent the forces that change us in the world we live.