Italy, 1959. A ten-year-old boy called Guido enters a Catholic seminary, fascinated by the idea of becoming a priest. He quickly understands that in order to be a good seminarian he has to submit to an ascetic and unnatural training, consisting in mortification of the flesh, obsession with sin and repression of one’s sexual instincts and desires. Guido finds himself up against a deeply hierarchical system, where strict observance of rules and blind obedience to superiors are taught. A system in which thinking for oneself is forbidden. It always happens when the demands of the individual are in conflict with the self-preservation of the Establishment. Moreover, the devotional rites that are practised at the seminary focus on the obsessive repetition of ritual and prayers, the catechistic indoctrination and leave the “love for one’s neighbour” teaching aside, especially regarding the needy. Guido instead will hold dear the practice of fraternal love and throughout the course of his childhood and early adulthood he will share good and bad times with his fellow seminarians and dearest friends until a series of unforeseeable events will lead him to learn a bitter truth: life as he imagined it is not what it seems and, in order to save face, immorality can be hidden and tolerated.
When few years ago I met Imma by the first time, she had just won the reality show “ The farm” and I view her as one of the most contemporary think you could come across staying in Rome. Passed some year I met Imma again and she was still something of really contemporary, but this time in a different way: as me and as almost all the characters of this film, she is struggling to take part in a word that don’t need her.
Alberese, in the Tuscan Maremma, is home to the last three remaining butteri, the last Italian cowboys, heroic men who still rear cattle in the wild, living examples of the possibility of redemption between humans and nature. The eyes of these men and their animals reflect the feeling they have of living a life with meaning, a life that they will never give up. Two young men have joined the group to learn this traditional craft, a tough job that few can do. Only one of them will make it. The future of this ancient world will lie in his hands.
A small beach tourist town in Versilia, Northern Tuscany, characterized by the co-existence of old rural traditions and a more modern glamorous lifestyle, is the setting of an unusual encounter between an old lady with ancient ancestral powers and a young girl eager to become her heiress of magic. With the background of the economic crisis looming large, these two universes, two sensitivities confront each other in a clash of values; each is both attracted and frightened at the same time by the different language they speak. This is a small apologue about huge social transformations, and the deep need for a spirituality which constantly reappears each time that prosperity and economic security seem to be at stake.
In remote South-Western Uganda, women who broke the taboo of premarital sex were abandoned on a tiny island to die. About to submerge beneath the waters of surrounding lake Bunyonyi, the island’s last wish is to find survivors before “her” story becomes but a myth.
In a David-and-Goliath battle over a slice of Papua New Guinea paradise, Joe Moses, leader of the Paga Hill Settlement, struggles to save his 3,000 people before they are evicted. Battling it out in the courts, Joe may find his community replaced with a fivestar hotel and marina.
Amid a migrant crisis, economic stagnation and growing disillusionment with the European Union, far-right parties are gaining consent in Europe.
The film tells the story of Said, a confident and ambitious young man, born and raised in Italy from Algerian parents, who studies and works as a part-time baker. When the director of the factory where his father works commits suicide, the family is suddenly faced with the worrying reality of not being able to renew their residency visa as they have done for the past thirty years and receive a letter of expulsion. Said’s life takes a sudden dark turn: Italy, the country that he has always considered as his, now appears to be a rubber wall that pushes him to ‘go home’, to Algeria, a place he has never even visited. In the attempt to find a solution and bring attention to a problem that is more and more widespread in nowadays’ society, Said embarks on a journey that takes him to lawyers, workers’ unions and the press through the meanders of a retrograde legislative bureaucracy, the reconsideration of his identity and a deep dilemma: should he remain illegally in Italy or leave to Algeria with his father, helping him to build a new life in the country he has left thirty years ago?
This is the story of three friends, their intertwined destinies, in a series of adventures spanning three decades – from the fabulous sixty to consumistic eighties – and who embody the dreams, the mistakes, illusions and defeats of a generation.