Flòr da Baixa

Flòr da Baixa

Country: Italy
Year: 2006
Duration: 77'

Flòr da Baixa is the story of a trip that begins in Lisbon, stops off at Rio de Janeiro, Marseille and Taranto and ends back up in the Portuguese city. It is a film about absence, about something that is missing, always and everywhere: in one’s own room, on a sunny, faraway beach, in foreign neighborhoods or between old, familiar walls. It’s a diary of two solitudes, two parallel visions of places and bodies, as they wait to find and recognize each other in the same gaze, as they finally see the same image from the window of the Flòr da Baixa. “This film had no screenplay, it was self-produced, shot at low cost without any sets, using a hand-held camera, borrowing unsuspecting ‘actors’ from their daily lives. Flòr da Baixa composed itself, one trip after another, following the simple outline of distance and absence. I let the cities of Rio, Marseille and Taranto open themselves up freely, searching through the streets, in the courtyards, in the rooms, without knowing what I’d find. I shot every image as though it were something to save, to give to someone, something to share upon my return…” (M. Santini)


film director

Mauro Santini

Mauro Santini (Fano, Pesaro e Urbino, Italy, 1965), since 2000, has been making films without using a screenplay, recording daily life in diary form. This method gave rise to the seriesof Videodiari, first-person visual stories tied to time and memory; one of them, Da lontano, won in 2002 the section Spazio Italia of Torino Film Festival. In 2006, TFF selected Flòr da Baixa for its international feature film competition. In 2012, he took part in the Cinema corsaro project with his medium-length movie Il fiume, a ritroso (Rome Film Festival) and the feature Carmela, salvata dai filibustieri, codirected by Giovanni Maderna (Venice Film Festival, Giornate degli autori). In 2013, he presented Attesa di un’estate at the Locarno Film Festival.


Dove sono stato (cm, 2000), Di ritorno (cm, 2001), Da lontano (cm, 2002), Fermo del tempo (cm, 2003), Flòr da Baixa (cm, 2005), Un jour à Marseille (mm, 2006), Flòr da Baixa (2006), Cosa che fugge (cm, 2008), Notturno (cm, 2009); Carmela, salvata dai filibustieri (coregia/codirector Giovanni Maderna, 2012), Il fiume, a ritroso (mm, 2012), Attesa di un’estate (cm, 2013), Fine d’agosto (cm, 2015), Qualcosa nei passi e nello sguardo (cm, 2018), Giorno di scuola (2018), Vaghe stelle (2018-2019), Le passeggiate (2018-2019).