Small Body

ITALY, FRANCE, SLOVENIA – 2021 – DCP – color – 89’

Direction: Laura Samani
Screenplay: Marco Borromei,Elisa Dondi,Laura Samani
Cinematography: Mitja Licen
Editing: Chiara Dainese
Set design: Rachele Meliadò
Music: Fredrika Stahl
Costumes: Loredana Buscemi
Cast: Celeste Cescutti (Agata), Ondina Quadri (Lince)
Producers: Nadia Trevisan, Alberto Fasuloin coproduzione conThomas Lambert, Danijel Hocevar
Production: Nefertiti Film, Tomsa Films, Vertigo, Rai Cinema


Italy, 20th century. Young Agata’s baby is stillborn and so condemned to Limbo, according to the catholic tradition. Agata hears about a place in the mountains, where infants can be brought back to life for just one breath, to baptize them and save their soul. Sheundertakes a voyage with her daughter’s small body hidden in a box and meets Lynx, a solitary boy who offers to help her. They setoff on an adventure which will enable both to come close to a miracle

DIRECTOR: Laura Samani

Screenwriter and director from Trieste, born in 1989. After attending the classical high school Dante Alighieri in Trieste, she enrolledin the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at the University of Pisa, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Arts and Communication in 2012. Soon after, she studied at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, where she graduated inDirecting in 2015. She made several short films, including The Sleeping Saintin 2016, which won several international awards


2021 Thessaloniki IFF – Meet the Neighbors: Golden Alexander Award
2021 Festival de Cine Europeo de Sevilla – Historias Extraordinarias: Best Film
2021 Cinemed – Festival Cinema Méditerranéen Montpellier – Panorama: Prix étudiant
2021 Cairo IFF – International Competition: SpecialJury Award For Best Director
2021 BFI London FF: First Feature Competition: Sutherland Award Jury Special Commendation
2022 David di Donatello: Best Debut Director
2022 Golden Globes: Best Debut Film