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Amor

Amor

Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
Italy, Lithuania
2023
101 min
International Premiere
Luminous
Synopsis

“When I look at Rome, I see my mother,” confides Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri. We see her roaming the city in which, 25 years ago, her mother Teresa took her own life by jumping into the Tiber. Water is a recurring motif in this journey into the filmmaker’s memories and reflections. Equally free-flowing is the stream of imagery and associative thoughts, of old prints and family photographs, of myth and fantasy, and of documentary and re-enactment.

Intertwined with the director’s own struggle with this painful event, a second narrator gives a voice to Teresa, who was born in 1943, when the bombs were falling. More than 20 years later she found love, but her happiness was undermined by the snake pit of depression. Now Teresa tells us of how she ascended to the planet Amor after her death, where people care about each other. Her daughter presents this lighter world in bucolic and playful 8mm scenes.

The free-form style of Serpieri’s first feature-length film reflects her experience with shorter, experimental work. It's a creative evocation of a deep longing, ultimately returning to dwell on that one particular photograph.

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Credits
101 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: Italian
Director
    Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
    Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
Production
    Edoardo Fracchia for Stefilm International SRL,
    Elena Filippini for Stefilm International s.r.l.,
    Stefano Tealdi for Stefilm International SRL
    Edoardo Fracchia for Stefilm International SRL,
    Elena Filippini for Stefilm International s.r.l.,
    Stefano Tealdi for Stefilm International SRL
Co-production
    Rasa Miskinyte for Era Film
    Rasa Miskinyte for Era Film
Cinematography
    Simone Rivoire,
    Elvina Nevardauskaite
    Simone Rivoire,
    Elvina Nevardauskaite
Editing
    Beppe Leonetti,
    Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
    Beppe Leonetti,
    Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
Sound
    Beatrice Mele
    Beatrice Mele
Sound Design
    Vito Martinelli
    Vito Martinelli
Music
    Martynas Bialobžeskis
    Martynas Bialobžeskis
Screenplay
    Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
    Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
Narrator
    Laura Riccioli,
    Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
    Laura Riccioli,
    Virginia Eleuteri Serpieri
Involved TV Channel
    RAI Cinema
    RAI Cinema
Screening copy
    Stefilm International s.r.l.
    Stefilm International s.r.l.

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