Paradise – A Second Life
COMPETITION · CO-PRODUCTION · FEATURE · FICTION
2019 · 85 min · colour · DIGITAL · DCP · 1:1,85
Italian with Slovenian subtitles. Co-funded by the Slovenian Film Centre.
|Branislav Brana Srdić
|Stefano Basso, Gianpaolo Smiraglia, Andrea Magnani
|A Atalanta (SI), Pilgrim Film (IT)
Calogero is an ordinary guy who has made an extraordinary decision. He is Sicilian and sells granitas for a living; one day he witnesses a mafia murder and decides to bear testimony. Under the witness protection program, he is hustled away to Sauris, a small village in Friuli where people are friendly but hard to understand. In the meantime, the killer he was going to testify against has become an informer and, through an administrative error, he, too, is sent to the same village, under the same false name.
|Davide del Degan
|Davide Del Degan, Andrea Magnani
|DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
|Vincenzo Nemolato (Calogero), Giovanni Calcagno (Killer), Katarina Čas (Klavdija), Brane Završan (Father Georg)
The style is purposefully tragicomic and borrows from the lessons of genre and art house cinema based on italian-style comedy, which uses occasionally grotesque physicality and humour to highlight the tragic life of the characters. The aim is to concentrate our gaze on the protagonists, to free them from social ideologies and missions in order to bring out all the contrasts that distinguish them.