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VENICE 2013 Orizzonti

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Small Homeland ripped apart

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- The first fiction feature length film by documentary filmmaker Alessandro Rossetto is set in Triveneto: a cultural reality that goes from being local to universal

Small Homeland ripped apart

Two girls whose only desire is to leave the suffocating small town in north east Italy in which they live are the main characters in Small Homeland [+see also:
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by Alessandro Rossetto, in competition in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival.

Produced by Arsenali Medicei, Paolo Benvenuti and Jump Cut, the film is the “tale of something obscure in our culture, our present, not so much tied to Italy or the Triveneto region, but rather to a European or even global reality, which is universal because it is so intimate,” producers Gianpaolo Smiraglia and Luigi Pepe said. “This is an author’s experiment which was always open to the challenge: to overcome these, we were happy to be able to count on the support of the four main north eastern Italian film commissions, who came together in order to support a strongly European film: the Veneto region’s cinema office, the BLS - Film Fund & Commission of Alto Adige, the Trentino Film Commission and Friuli Venezia Giulia FC, with the support of the MEDIA programme.”

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Director Rossetto is a documentary filmmaker from Padua. This is his first feature length fiction work. “For this film,” he explained to Cineuropa, “I used documentary tools, dividing time in a non canonical way, giving characters depth, but with more of an anthropological approach than a psychological one.”

This is why Rossetto chose to use dialect, something which can already be found in the script. “Dialect is a pre-maternal form of speech which ties you to the earth. It is something that precedes family. In this way, actors felt a common sense of belonging.”   

Cinematographically attracted by border regions “where countryside and cities meet,” the director looked for the film’s stories in Italy’s North East. “Triveneto transitioned to being a culture of countryside to one of industrial work, and that acceleration created laceration.” 

(Translated from Italian)

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