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AMORI ELEMENTARI

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Section

Competition 6-15

Director

Sergio Basso

Country

Italy/Russia

Year

2014

Production

Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Production, Sharoncinema Production, Rai Cinema, Zori Film

Credits

Screenplay

Sergio Basso, Marianna Cappi with Marina Polla de Luca

Photography

Francesco Di Giacomo

Editing

Davide Vizzini

Music

Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi

Cast

Cristiana Capotondi, Andrey Chernyshov, Rachele Cremona, Andrea Pittorino, Laura Gaia Piacentile, Bonny Mappilamattel, Anna Potebnya, Maxim Bychkov

Language

o.v. Italian

Subtitles

Duration

98'

Age

5th grade primary school – 2nd grade middle school
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The film

The Dolomites. Elementary school age children are experiencing their “first stirrings” amidst crushes, promises, enchantments, escapes, betrayals, arguments and reconciliations. Matilde has always loved Tobia but Tobia has a crush on Agata, newly arrived to wreck havoc on the little community of kids united by their love of sports, which in that latitude are practiced on ice, skating for the girls and ice hockey for the boys. Not only Matilde and Tobia seem promised to one another, but also Katerine and Aleksey, both Russian in origin, she adopted by Italians, he the son of a Russian couple who moved to northern Italy. One is missing: Ajit, son of an Indian couple which migrated, who knows why, to the Dolomites. Ajit is enamored, too, but of Matilde, and confesses it to his imaginary friend.

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the filmmaker

 

He lived in China and precisely in China was director’s assistant and dialogue writer for Gianni Amelio for La stella che non c’è. He received a degree in direction from Rome’s Experimental Film Center and has an acting diploma from the Moscow Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is also a member of the European Documentary Network. After the documentaries Quando capita di perdersi (2005) and Il viaggio di Gesù (2007), in 2009 he directed Giallo a Milano, nominated for the Golden Globe, Best Film at the Annecy Animation Film Festival, Best Director at the China Youth Film Festival.

 

Director's statement

 

Close your eyes a moment. Remember the first time you felt nuts about someone, a leap right here, in the pit of your stomach. Right, it was in elementary school.

In elementary school I was crazy about a classmate and couldn’t manage to tell her. I friend let her know last month: at age 35. Funny, no? It took twenty-five years to have the courage of my feelings.

Screenings

17 November, 14:00 Espocentro

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