CittàGiardino (Italy)



  • Marco Piccarreda, Gaia Formenti


The “CittàGiardino” centre for immigrants is closing. There are only six teenagers left in the house. They have all arrived from Africa, walking through the desert, or risking their lives by boat across the sea. Now they are there stuck in the Sicilian hinterland, waiting desperately for a visa that might not come at all or a transfer directive. Thus, the days begin to look all the same. Sleeping, eating, and toying endlessly with their smartphones hoping that something might happen in one way or another. And the feeling of being like a trapped animal or a prisoner grows increasingly stronger. But Sahid does not like to wait anymore, idling around, while time slows down excruciatingly. With the help of his friend Farouq he plots an escape plan… A film that manages to go beyond the restrictions of the films made up until now about refugees. With a great visual flair, the director creates a new space for utopia allowing their protagonists the freedom that the Italian bureaucracy will not. Cinema as an act of solidarity. But also, as a poetic and political insurgency.

Giona A. Nazzaro

Length: 57'
Country: Italy
Year: 2018
Language(s): Arabic, French, Italian, English
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2018
VdR award(s) : Prix du Jury des Jeunes George Reinhart, Moyen métrage le plus innovant VdR2018


Marco Piccarreda
Gaia Formenti

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Language(s):  Arabic, French, Italian, English
Subtitles:  English, French
  • We 18 April
  • 21:00
Salle Colombière

Followed by a discussion

  • Th 19 April
  • 18:15