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by Vincenzo Marra


Marco, a young cynical and ambitious lawyer, lives in Bari with his companion Martina and their 8 years old son, Mateo. Martina is from South America and moved to Italy after meeting Marco. Our story begins when their relationship is almost over. Martina yearns for going back to her country with Mateo but Marco disagrees with her choice as he is not willing to lose the deep bond with his son. After several tearing moments, Martina decides to run away with Mateo and they will vanish without trace. Time begins to flow slower and slower for Marco. He doesn’t know anything about his son and, driven by distress and confusion, decides to go look for him. Once in South America, Marco ends up in an incomprehensible metropolis of 6 million of indifferent people. After an interminable and vain searching, Martina and Mateo really seem to have disappeared into thin air, but... The First Light tells how heartrending separation can be and how the strength of fatherly love can overcome all boundaries.

international title: First Light
original title: La prima luce
country: Italy
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Vincenzo Marra
film run: 108'
screenplay: Vincenzo Marra, Angelo Carbone
cinematography by: Maura Morales Bergmann
film editing: Sara Petracca, Vincenzo Marra
art director: Maria Teresa Padula, Angela Torti
costumes designer: Eva Palmisani, Carolina Norero
producer: Isabella Cocuzza, Arturo Paglia
production: Paco Cinematografica S.r.l., Rai Cinema, Jirafa Film
backing: MiBACT, Imprebanca, Regione Lazio, Fondazione Apulia Film Commission
distributor: BIM Distribuzione


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Venice Film Festival 2015Venice Days

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