A strange couple lives in a camper parked in the Black Forest: a boy and a girl. A postal policewoman in Rome is investigating a child pornography network. Every day, she catalogues videos she finds on the web: she feels powerless and out of sync as she views crimes without being able to take action. As she analyzes yet another film, she discovers the identity of a girl who had disappeared in South Tyrol. But images travel over the borders, it’s hard to know where they come from. The world of the protagonists, too, flows between different countries and languages.
Isabella Sandri (Rovigo, Italy, 1957) debuted with The World Upside Down (Locarno, Rotterdam, Turin). In 1997, in Rwanda, she shot Gli spiriti delle mille colline (54th Venice FF). She and Gaudino made La casa dei limoni about Sabra and Shatila. The film Animali che attraversano la strada (57th Venice FF) recounts the life of a girl who lives in Rome’s suburbs, I quaderni di Luisa is about domestic violence (58th Venice FF), La zattera di sabbia is about the Tuareg people (Turin, Special Jury Prize). She and Gaudino shot Maquilas, about factories in Mexico (Turin, Special Jury Prize, Cipputi Award); in Afghanistan she made Storie d’armi e di piccoli eroi and Per questi stretti morire (64th Venice FF) about De Agostini in Tierra del Fuego. She coproduced and cowrote Gaudino’s movies Giro di lune tra terra e mare and Per amor vostro.
filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
La vestaglia rosa (corto, 1987), Calcinacci (coregia/codirector Giuseppe Gaudino, doc., 1990), Il mondo alla rovescia (1995), Gli spiriti delle mille colline (doc., 1997), Animali che attraversano la strada (2000), I diari della Sacher (ep. I quaderni di Luisa, doc., 2001), Maquilas (coregia/codirector Giuseppe Gaudino, doc., 2004), Per questi stretti morire (coregia/codirector Giuseppe Gaudino, doc., 2010), Un confine incerto (2019).
“Over these last years, I have recounted stories of children: the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, the orphans in Afghanistan, the children of workers in Mexico, the survivals of the massacres in Rwanda. And I asked myself: what is one of the worst cruelties which still exists in our era? Perhaps the cruelty of stealing the future of human beings, the power to believe in themselves. To kill their strength but also their ‘tender’ part. To kill the tenderness that human beings carry within themselves: the child.”
UN CONFINE INCERTO
Italia-Germania/Italy-Germany, 2019, 118’, col.
un confine incerto
regia, soggetto/director, story
Isabella Sandri, Giuseppe M. Gaudino
Duccio Cimatti, Isabella Sandri
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Cosmina Stratan (Milia Demetz), Moisè Curia (Richi «Pamper»), Anna Malfatti (Magdalena Senoner), Valeria Golino (Paola Cristiani), Martina Schölzhorn (Franziska Senoner), Salvatore Cantalupo (Leo Cavalli), Heio Von Stetten (Valentin Obletter)
Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Arek Gielnik
Gaundri, Rai Cinema, Indi Film, MiBAC, MFG, IDM, DFFF, EURIMAGES
Giuseppe M. Gaudino