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FIRST SNOWFALL

by Andrea Segre

synopsis

The first snow is what everyone in the valley waits for. It’s what transforms colors, forms, outlines. But Dani has never seen snow. Dani was born in Togo, and arrived in Italy as a refugee from the war in Libya. He is staying at a community shelter for foreigners in Pergine, a small town in the mountains of Trentino, at the foot of the Mocheni Valley. He has a one-year-old daughter, but is unable to care for her. Something is blocking him. A profound sorrow. Dani is offered a job in the workshop of Pietro, an elderly carpenter and beekeeper who lives in a mountain farmstead with his daughter-in-law Elisa and grandson Michele, a ten-year-old whose restlessness makes an immediate impression on Dani. Michele’s father died a short time ago, leaving a great void in the boy’s life. His relationship with his mother is marked by conflict and tension and he looks to his uncle Fabio for support and friendship instead. Sooner or later the snow will arrive and there’s not much time left to repair the hives and gather wood. A short and necessary time that allows sorrows and silences to become opportunities for them to get to know and understand each other. A time for letting the leaves, the trees and the woods prepare for change. In that time and those woods, before the snow, Dani and Michele will learn how to listen to each other.

international title: First Snowfall
original title: La prima neve
country: Italy
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Andrea Segre
film run: 104'
release date: IT 17/10/2013
screenplay: Andrea Segre, Marco Pettenello
cast: Anita Caprioli, Giuseppe Battiston, Paolo Pierobon, Roberto Citran, Matteo Marchel, Jean-Christophe Folly, Peter Mitterrutzner, Leonardo Paoli, Lorenzo Pintarelli, Andrea Pennacchi
cinematography by: Luca Bigazzi
film editing: Sara Zavarise
art director: Leonardo Scarpa
costumes designer: Silvia Nebiolo
music: Piccola Bottega Baltazar
producer: Francesco Bonsembiante, Marco Paolini
production: Jolefilm
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per il cinema, Trentino Film Commission, Tasci srl, Davide Orsoni
distributor: Parthénos
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Venice 2013 Orizzonti
Mons International Love Film Festival 2014 
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