“Things that smell the same should stay together,” Pietro (Peter Mitterrutzner), the old carpenter says about honey and wood. This is also the case for parents and their children. “But I no longer know what smell I have,” Dani (Jean-Christophe Folly) replies. He was born in Togo and escaped to Italy after war broke out in Libya. He does not feel like a good father, nor does he enjoy looking at his infant child, not yet turned one, who survived her mother in the journey over at sea.

Dani is staying in a guest-house in Pergine, a small village in the Trentino mountains, by the Mocheni valley. He goes to work for Pietro every day. Pietro has a daughter-in-law, Elisa (Anita Caprioli) and a rowdy 10-year-old grandchild, Michele (Matteo Marchel). Dani and Michel share the same wound, the same pain. Michele has just lost his father in a mountain accident and blames his mother.  


La prima neve by Andrea Segre, presented in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival, reveals new elements in the director’s style, albeit not veering off path. As a communications sociologist, Segre became interested in European immigration, getting involved in the international non profit world. After making various documentaries, he turned to fiction in 2010, with Shun Li and the Poet, which won the European Parliament’s Lux prize in 2012.
“But for the second film, the challenge was not to start off with a similar them that the first,” the director told Cineuropa. “What happens to Dani when he comes into that family is that he becomes necessary to those people. Which is something that happens to many families and companies across Italy. I therefore tried to show the normal side of things, rather than the problems that may occur when different cultures meet. And this was what was needed in order to tell the story of a father who is unable to be a father and a son who no longer can bring himself to be a son. To film all of this in the woods was my dream.”
“The core of my research and narration is basically the dignity that you can find in a crisis, a situation of suffering, of injustice, because to lose a father is unjust. When I looked at these situations in real life, I saw a great ability of people to tell the story of this dignity and make it become an element for rebirth, especially when you are not alone, when there is someone with whom to share and rebuild. This is something that also happens to the people in my documentaries, Mare chiuso and Il sangue verde.”


The land is, as so often happens in films, one of the film’s protagonists. One of the starting points from which this idea was born was the meeting between people fleeing the Libyan war who were welcomed in Trentino, in Val di Cembra, in a state of isolation and abandonment. The woods, like lagoons, are places where a strong nature enable you to feel surrounded and intimate. I wanted the place where both pains met to be where nature gave you the opportunity to be at home.”


Article from: www.cineuropa.org

For its 66th edition, the famous Swiss film festival inLocarno has invited a total of four productions which were made with support from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. ¨Vijay and I" by Sam Garbarski will have its world premiere on the Piazza Grande, the heart of the festival, where audiences of up to 8,000 enjoy the films each evening as open-air presentations. Sandra Nettelbeck’s ¨Mr. Morgan’s Last Love„will also be shown on the Piazza as an international premiere. In addition, the documentary ¨The Tundra Race" by René Harder has been invited to screen in the Semaine de la critique, and Visar Morina’s „¨Von Hunden und Tapeten" is showing in the Short Films Competition.

Read more: Film-und-Medienstiftung NRW with 4 films in Locarno

On June 27th, Bruno Julliard, Deputy Mayor in charge of culture, and Christian Vivès, Director of Paris ERDF, signed the charter for filming in Paris according to which the use of temporary electric connections is encouraged and made easier. This permits filming crews to restrict the use of generators, which limits sound and environmental nuisances. The City of Paris and ERDF thus aim at facilitating the reception of filming crews and preserving the quality of life of the Parisians, while reducing the city environmental footprint.
ERDF, a public service company in charge of supplying electricity to 95% of the French metropolitan territory, teams up with the City for the success of the Climate Plan.

Read more: City of Paris and ERDF for environmental impact.

Ridley Scott-produced Child 44 directed by Daniel Espinosa and produced by Scott Free Productions, Prague’s Stillking Films, Summit Entertainment and Worldview Entertainment started its 75-day shoot in June. Featuring a stellar cast including Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Noomi Rapace, the story is set in the Soviet Union during the Stalin era, where a disgraced Soviet military police officer investigates a series of child murders.

Another important international production starting in June in Prague is season three of the papal period drama Borgia.

Read more: 3 international productions filming in Prague.

Malta is today a diversified economy. With new growth drivers establishing in Malta such as financial services, remote gaming and other legacy sectors such as manufacturing and tourism, the creativity sector which caters 4% of Malta's GDP growth is fast becoming an economic right in its own right. The film industriy remains at the centre of this new and evolving sector with Malta being an established yet not fully discovered filming location.

Read more: Malta - Foreign producers to benefit up to 25%


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