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Year of Production
2017
Director
Fabio Grassadonia E Antonio Piazza
Format
DCP
Length
120 Minuti

Sicilian ghost story

by Fabio Grassadonia E Antonio Piazza

Synopsis

When they get out of school, Luna quietly shad- ows Giuseppe, her classmate. She’s holding a love letter she’s written to him. Giuseppe takes a path towards the mountain woods and Luna decides to follow him through the dense greenery before losing sight of him. Then Giuseppe jumps out from behind her and snatches the letter from her hand. Luna tries but fails to get it back, so she strides away from him in a fury. A vicious black dog ap- pears in front of her and Giuseppe bravely rushes to save her by tricking the animal. He gives the letter back to Luna and persuades her to join him to the stables where he practices horse riding. Fascinated, Luna watches Giuseppe jump obsta- cles with the horse. When he’s finished, Luna calls out to Giuseppe and gives him her letter. He seals her declaration of love with a kiss, then heads off towards the stables. Luna waits for Giuseppe, her heart doing somer- saults. She gazes at the chain of hills in the valley, framed by a dark lake on one end and a slope at the edge of the mountain woods on the other. Giuseppe doesn’t return from the stables, so Luna goes in search of him. In one of the stalls, Giuseppe’s horse seems distressed, but there’s still no sign of the boy. After Giuseppe’s disappearance, his family choos- es to remain silent and the world around him and Luna seems indifferent, even concealing the reason for his mysterious disappearance, some- thing that Luna simply can’t accept. Even when the truth is revealed months later – Giuseppe was kidnapped by the Mafia – Luna still doesn’t give up hope and stubbornly carries on her search for him. Giuseppe struggles with the physical and psychological strife by clinging on to Luna’s love letter. The letter forms the basis of a secret con- nection between the two teenagers, a conscious and subconscious communication that inexpli- cably allows them to meet up in the world where Giuseppe is imprisoned, mysteriously accessible through the dark lake. Luna, however, is unable to return from that world of death through the lake until Giuseppe, in a harrowing and miraculous race against time, finds an unexpected escape route. He’s able to save Luna and ensure her return to the bright open space of life.

 

Cast

  • JULIA JEDLIKOWSKA Luna
  • GAETANO FERNANDEZ Giuseppe
  • CORINNE MUSALLARI Loredana
  • ANDREA FALZONE Nino
  • FEDERICO FINOCCHIARO Calogero
  • LORENZO CURCIO Mariano
  • VINCENZO AMATO Padre di Luna
  • SABINE TIMOTEO Madre di Luna
  • FILIPPO LUNA U’ Nanu
  • BALDASSARE TRE RE Venatura
  • ROSARIO TERRANOVA Scannacristiani
  • GABRIELE FALSETTA Giufà
  • VINCENZO CRIVELLO Il Tedesco
  • CORRADO SANTORO Chiodo
  • e con
  • NINO PRESTER Nonno di Giuseppe

Crew

  • Written and directed by FABIO GRASSADONIA, ANTONIO PIAZZA
  • soggetto liberamente ispirato al racconto
  • “Un cavaliere bianco” di Marco Mancassola
  • edito da Giulio Einaudi Editore nel volume
  • “Non saremo confusi per sempre”.
  • Director of photography LUCA BIGAZZI
  • Editor CRISTIANO TRAVAGLIOLI
  • Music SOAP&SKIN e ANTON SPIELMANN
  • Production designer MARCO DENTICI
  • Costume designer ANTONELLA CANNAROZZI
  • Sound GUILLAUME SCIAMA’
  • Sound editor EMANUELA DI GIUNTA
  • Executive producer FRANCESCO TATO’
  • Produced by NICOLA GIULIANO, FRANCESCA CIMA,
  • CARLOTTA CALORI, MASSIMO CRISTALDI
  • Co-produced by ANTOINE DE CLERMONT TONNERRE
  • Co-produced by ELDA GUIDINETTI, ANDRES PFAEFFLI
  • An ITALY- FRANCE-SWITZERLAND co-production
  • A production INDIGO FILM, CRISTALDI PICS
  • With RAI CINEMA Co-produced by MACT PRODUCTIONS JPG FILMS
  • VENTURA FILM RSI-RADIOTELEVISIONE SVIZZERA/SRG SSR
  • With the support of EURIMAGES
  • With the support of CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME
  • With the contribution of M.I.B.A.C.T. - Direzione Generale Cinema
  • With the support of REGIONE SICILIANA – ASSESSORATO TURISMO SPORT E SPETTACOLO –SICILIA FILM COMMISSION – NELL’AMBITO DEL PROGRAMMA SENSI CONTEMPORANEI CINEMA
  • With the support of SUNDANCE INSTITUTE FEATURE FILM PROGRAM
  • With the support of FONDO BILATERALE PER LO SVILUPPO DI COPRODUZIONI DI OPERE CINEMATOGRAFICHE ITALO-FRANCESI
  • con la partecipazione di AIDE AUX CINÉMAS DU MONDE CNC INSTITUT FRANÇAIS
  • Italian distribution BIM
  • French distribution JOUR2FÊTE
  • International sales THE MATCH FACTORY

Curiosities

RELEASE DATE MAY 18, 2017

Awards

  • SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2016
  • Sundance Insitute Global Filmmaking Award – Best screenplay
  • ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
  • Best screenplay
  • NASTRI D’ARGENTO 2017
  • Luca Bigazzi – Best Cinematography
  • Marco Dentici – Best Production Design
  • DAVID DI DONATELLO 2018
  • Fabio Grassadonia e Antonio Piazza - Best Adapted Screenplay

Festival Participations

  • Opening film of the Semaine de la Critique - Cannes 2017
  • Beirut International Film Festival 2017, LIBANO
  • Valletta Film Festival 2017, MALTA
  • Festa do Cinema Italiano 8 ½ Brasile 2017, BRASILE
  • Annecy Festival du Cinema Italien 2017, FRANCIA
  • Fantasy FilmFest 2017, GERMANIA
  • BFI London Intl. Film Festival 2017, UK
  • Cinema Italian Style Hong Kong 2017, HONG KONG
  • Athens Intl Film Festival 2017, GRECIA
  • Sevilla Intl. Film Festival 2017, SPAGNA
  • Festival du Cinema Italien du Villerupt 2017, FRANCIA
  • Chambery Italian Film Festival 2017, FRANCE
  • Clermont-Ferrand Festival 2017, FRANCIA
  • Film Fest Gent 2017, BELGIO
  • Chicago IFF 2017, USA
  • Les films de Cannes a Bucarest 2017, ROMANIA
  • Cinealma 2017, FRANCIA
  • Nancy 2017, FRANCIA, Screening
  • Strasbourg 2017, FRANCE, Screening
  • Zagreb FF 2017, CROAZIA
  • Mar de Plata FF 2017, ARGENTINA
  • Sundance Film Festival 2016, UTAH
  • Festival del Cinema Italiano di Ajaccio 2017, FRANCIA
  • MittelCinemaFest – Festival Centro-Europeo del Cinema Italiano 2017, UNGHERIA
  • Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2017, AUSTRALIA
  • Cairo International Film Festival 2017, EGITTO
  • Rencontres du cinéma italien de Grenoble 2017, FRANCIA
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2017, TAIWAN
  • Giffoni Film Festival 2017, ITALIA, Screening