The reconstruction of the micro (?) universe of illegal immigrants in the North-East of Italy... the life of three boys, the longing for happiness, the equality of diversity.
The plot leads to philosofical, visionary, surreal dimensions. It is poetic disenchantment.
3 is everything in this movie. 3 and its multiples. Archaic, spiritual, transcendent numbers. 3, 6, 9. Carriers of wisdom that lead us to the heart of theological monotheisms. 3, the Christian Trinity. 6, the points of the Star of David, the Jewish Star. 9, the Enneagram, the "face of God" in Sufi traditions. 3 boys. 3 stories intertwined in a land, Friuli, which extends along a triple border... The reconstruction of the micro(?)universe of illegal immigrants in the North-East of Italy. The life, the longing to happiness, the equality of diversity. Predestination and moral choice? There are so many ways to see... The plot leads to philosophical, visionary, surreal dimensions. It is a poetic disenchantment.
The number three is everything in this movie. Three and its multiples. Archaic, spiritual, transcendent numbers.
Three, Six, Nine. Carriers of wisdom that lead us to the heart of theological monotheisms. Three, the Christian Trinity. Six, the points of the Star of David, The Jewish Star. Nine, the face of God in Sufi tradition, according to Islamic culture.
Three stories are intertwined in a land, Friuli, which extends along a triple border. The stories of Irene, a Carnian, Christian girl; Pavel, Ukrainian and Jewish; Mehdi, Iranian and Muslim.
Udine. A beautiful city, but one that is perceived as cold and inhospitable by emigrants. Pavel and Mehdi are illegal immigrants, who share an apartment - and concerns about social matters - in the “ghetto” of Via Roma. In love with Pavel, Irene tries to help them, but her surge of solidarity goes perhaps too far, and she regrets it... Mehdi lives obsessed with an ancient guilt: his fragile soul is attracted to Evil...
“Above” them, the incarnation of metaphysical realities that rule the existence of men, three antagonists who raise the total number of characters to six. There is an old blind man, able to see beyond the phenomenal reality: an incarnation of Purgatory, the suffering of men waiting for a change of status. Monsignor Angelo is Paradise, the spiritual father of Irene, which advises, rebukes, protects ... A mysterious, provocative, sensual, poisonous woman is Evil, Hell incarnate.
A triad of other figures raises the number of characters to nine: the novice Edo, who takes responsability for dealing with Pavel’s situation; Omar, a false friend who tries to corrupt the integrity of Mehdi; the Angel of the North, a figure originated in the Koranic tradition: it can be seen, sometimes behind the characters. Then, ten, a little girl...
Predestination and moral choice. Two alternatives? Subjection to freedom of Good or Evil. What will the protagonists choose?
There is geometry in meeting: points, diagonals and sides measure individualities, relations, relationships.
The story takes place in Udine, my beloved and hated city, nearly unknown in terms of cinema, and I bet on the fascination that it might produce.
The dialogues and silences between cultures, races and different religions in a city that has always been the scene of invasions and crossroads of ethnic groups and different places (Udine, also named, “city of war”).
A story telling about itself, but at the same time many stories of this place and many others. The theme of immigration, why not?, illegals!
Udine is the main character. Udine and its contradictions: locked in a shell, it defends itself but locking in a trap, it moves away, but at the same time makes people approaching like a meeting point, it is opened to foreigners, but it shuts in loneliness… A loneliness lived like a life line, but a loneliness that actually sinks and makes drown. A new city, observed from the point of view of immigrants, and of a quarter, via Roma, that is closed almost like a ghetto.
Starting with the reconstruction of the micro (?) Universe of illegal immigrants in the Northeast Italy, it opens up philosophical, visionary, surreal dimensions. To speak of equality in diversity. To search for the Same in the Other.
This movie is a tangle of emotions and passions, a whirlpool of events mixed with flashbacks, that such energy has instilled into me that I wrote it, I lived it. It is a poetic disenchantment.
Directors: Yassine Marco Marroccu, Elisabetta Minen
Screenwriter: Elisabetta Minen
Producer: Elisabetta Minen
Key cast: Massimiliano Grazioli, Alberto Torquati, Vivianne Treschow , Werner Di Donato, Saverio Indrio, Chiara Pavoni, Ivan Senin, Edoardo Sguazzin, Alejandro Paitun Flocco, Caterina Zampieri
WOEFF 2015 - Women’s Only Entertainment Film (US – Oct. 2015) - Best Trailer
12MFF (RO, Clunj-Napoca - Nov. 2015) - Best Feature Fiction
Wendy's Shorts (US - Dec. 2015) - Best International Trailer for a Feature Film
Los Angeles Cinefest (US, Los Angeles – Dec. 2015) - Best Feature
Indiepossible I.F.F. & Screenplay Competition (US, Providence - May 7, 2016) - Best Editing
Colortape Film Festival (AUS, Brisbane, Jun. 3, 2016) – 3rd Place Foreign Film, Best Performing Group and Cast Award; Honorary Mention Award; Online Viewers Choice Award
CreActive - IOFF (BD, Mirpur Dhaka, Jun. 10-14 2016 - cat. Trailer) – Award of Recognition
IFFSRV 2016 (RI, Bali, Nov. 25-27, 2016) – International Award of Excellence (cat. Feature, Producer,Director)
IFFSRV 2016 (RI, Bali, Nov. 25-27, 2016) – International Award of Oustanding Excellence (cat. Newcomer, Music, Sound) –
IPAMA 2016 (RI, Bali, Gen. 13-17, 2016) – International Diamonds Award (cat. Newcomer, Music)
IPAMA 2016 (RI, Bali, Gen. 13-17, 2016) – International Platinum Award (cat. Story)
IPAMA 2016 (RI, Bali, Gen. 13-17, 2016) – International Gold Award (cat. Script, editing)
Canada Independent Film Festival (Can., Montreal, Feb. 10-11, 2017) - Best Feature
Vancouver Film Dance Festival (Can., Vancouver, Apr. 23, 2017) - Best Inspirational Film
TMFF – The Monthly Film Festival (GB, Glasgow, Apr. 30, 2017) - 3rd Place Best Feature
2nd EUROVISION Palermo Film Festival (IT, Palermo, Jun. 16, 2017) - Best Woman Filmaker
MOVEME Production International Film Festival (B, Aug. 2, 2017) - Best Actor For International Feature (Werner Di Donato)
SSFF - Shawna Shea Film Festival (US, Ma, Oct. 8, 2017) - Best International Film
UTAH MUSIC AWARD (US, Orem, UT, Sep. 17, 2016) - cat. Soundtrack
HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL (US, Hamilton, ON, Nov. 5-13, 2016) - cat. Soundtrack
INDUSTRY BOOST COMPETITION (US, Online Festival, Nov. 25, 2016) - cat. Feature
INDUSTRY BOOST COMPETITION (US, Online Festival, Nov. 25, 2016) - cat. Trailer
IFFSRV 2016 (RI, Bali, Nov. 25-27, 2016) – cat. Best Film
Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne 2017 (Aus, melbourne, Mar., 2017) – cat. New Film Makers
Hong Kong National Film Festival (Hong Kong, May 21, 2017) – cat. Debut Film
CAYFILM (Cayman Islands, George Town, Jul. 2, 2017) – cat. First Film
Barcelona Planet Film Festival (Spain, Oct. 2015) - cat. trailer and feature
Los Angeles Cinefest (US, Nov. 2015) - cat. trailer and feature
TOFF - The Online Film Festival (US, Dec. 2015)
SPFW - Indie Film Festival (CH, 2015)
Martinique International Film Festival (Dec. 2015)
Miami Independent Film Festival (US, Jan. 2016)
DMOFF - Direct Monthly Online Film Festival (US, Jan. 2016)
DSDFF - Direct Short & Documentary Film Festival (US, Jan. 2016)
Madhouse Movie Film Festival (US, 2016)
All Seas Film Festival (US, Spring 2016)
Interurban Film Festival (US, Denison, TX, Apr. 2, 2016)
Franklin County International Film Festival (US, Louisburg, NC, Apr. 3, 2016)
Blackbird Film Fest (US, Cortland, NY, Apr. 22, 2016)
Near Nazareth Film Festival (Il, Nazareth, May 17-31, 2016)
Down East Flick Fest (US, NC, Jun. 3, 2016)
Eurofest - European International FF (Russia, San Pietroburgo, Jul. 2016)
London Shows International Film Festival (UK, London, Jul. 7, 2016)
Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne (AUS, Melbourne, Jun. 21, 2016 – cat. New Film Maker)
WNY Film, Art and Music Event (US, Batavia, NY, Aug. 12-14, 2016 - cat. Poster)
New York Film Week (US, New York C., NY, Oct. 8-9, 2016 - cat. Experimental Film)
Indiewise Free Virtual Film Festival (US, Nov. 2016 - cat. Trailer)
Amsterdam Lift Online Film Festival (NL, Amsterdam, Oct. 3-8, 2016 – cat. Feature)
Blow Up International Arthouse Film Festival (US, Chicago, ILL, Nov. 19, 2016 – cat. Experimental Film)
Web TV New International Film Festival (US, Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 2016 – cat. Feature)
London Classic Film Festival (GB, London, Apr. 30, 2017 – cat. Feature)
MedFF (IT, Messina, Jun 24, 2017 – cat. Feature)
Toronto International independent Film Festival (CAN, Toronto, Dec. 17, 2017 - cat. Feature) - Semifinalist
STIFF 2018 - San Mauro Torinese Film Festival (IT, San Mauro Torinese, May 25, 2018 - cat. Feature) - Semifinalist