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2023 – DCP – colore – 91′


Direction: Giacomo Abbruzzese

Screenplay: Giacomo Abbruzzese

Cinematography: Hélène Louvart

Editing: Fabrizio Federico, Ariane Boukerche, Giacomo Abbruzzese

Set design: Esther Mysius 

Music: Vitalic

Costumes: Pauline Jacquard, Marina Monge

Cast: Franz Rogowski (Aleksei), Morr Ndiaye (Jomo), Laëtitia Ky (Udoka), Leon Lu?ev (Paul), Matteo Olivetti (Francesco), Robert Wi?ckiewicz (Gavril), Micha? Balicki (Mikhail)

Producers: Lionel Massol, Pauline Seigland in coproduzione con in co-production with Marco Alessi, Giulia Achilli, André Logie, Gaëtan David, Maria Blicharska, Arno Moria

Production: Films Grand Huit (Fr), Dugong Films (It), Panache Productions (Be), Donten & Lacroix (Pl), Division (Fr)

World sales: Charades


Aleksei, a Belarusian fleeing from his past, reaches Paris and enrolls in the Foreign Legion in order to obtain a French passport. In the Niger Delta, Jomo, a young revolutionary, is fighting against the oil companies that have devastated his village. His sister, Udoka, dreams of escaping, realizing that all is now lost. Their destinies will intertwine, transcending borders, life and death itself.

the director: Giacomo Abbruzzese

Born in Taranto in 1983, he lives and works between Paris and Madrid. He graduated from Le Fresnoy in France and his short films have received nominations and awards at numerous international festivals, including Oberhausen, Palm Springs, Clermont Ferrand, Viennale, Mar del Plata, Tampere, Indielisboa, Nouveau Cinéma Montreal, Winterthur, Angers, Turin and Lees. They have been broadcasted on television channels such as Canal+, Arte, France3, France2, Sky Art and SVT. Giacomo was an artist in Residence at the Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival, at the Cité International des Arts in Paris and at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival. In 2022, he earned a nomination for the César Awards for his documentary, America.

festival e premi festival & awards

2023 Berlinale – International Competition: Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to Hélène Louvart

2023 Bogotà IFF –  Espíritu joven

2023 Crossing Europe, Filmfestival Linz – Competition 

2023 Hong Kong IFF – Firebird Awards

2023 Guadalajara IFF

2023 Istanbul FF – Mined Zone

2023 Jerusalem IFF –  Debuts

2023 Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International – Internationales Filmprogramm

2023 Melbourne IFF – Bright Horizons 

2023 Sarajevo FF – Kinoscope

2023 Taipei FF – Future Lights

2023 WorldFest-Houston – Gold Remi Award