Set in north-eastern Italy, Laura Samani’s feature debut follows a grieving mother on an impossible journey to safe the soul of her stillborn daughter.
In an isolated island community at the beginning of the 20th century, Agate gives birth to a little girl; sleeping. Terrified that her child will forever drift in spiritual limbo, she flees husband and family, with her baby’s body, embarking on a desperate, dangerous journey to the mountains, where there may be someone somewhere who can perform a miracle.
With its thoughtful tone, dark and enchanting atmosphere, and skilful pacing this feels like a Gothic fairy tale. At times breathtakingly beautiful, making great use of its Friuli Venezia settings, this is a captivating, remarkably assured debut.
Date: Tuesday October 11th,2022
Director: Laura Samani
Running Time: 89 minutes, Italy, France, Slovenia, 2021, CLUB
Dublin International Film Festival 2022
BFI London Film Festival 2021
Toronto International Film Festival 2021
Cannes Film Festival 2021
Winner – Best Director, Dublin Film Critics Circle Award: Dublin International Film Festival 2022
‘’ ★★★★★ Celeste Cescutti leads a parochial cast that is largely unprofessional, with a fierce performance that bosses and grounds the film’s magic realist themes. Don’t miss it.’–Tara Brady, The Irish Times
‘’ ★★★★ …Samani’s film-making language has consistency and urgency, and there is an interesting streak of atheism that goes alongside this movie’s spiritual aura.’’– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
‘’ ★★★★ With its colour palette of mossy greens, terracotta and earth tones, and its matter-of-fact approach to themes of folklore and mysticism, this gorgeous first feature from Italian director Laura Samani is as enchanting as it is unusual.’’
-Wendy Ide, The Observer (UK)