War correspondent Domenico Quirico to close Venice Days
by Camillo De Marco
- The War Within by Paola Piacenza is a documentary interview that centres around the journalist, who was kidnapped in Syria
The closing film of the 13th edition of the Venice Days (scheduled to unspool between 31 August and 10 September at the Venice Film Festival) will be The War Within [+see also:
interview: Paola Piacenza
film profile] by Paola Piacenza, a documentary interview that centres around the journalist and war correspondent Domenico Quirico. The documentary, which was produced by Luca Guadagnino for Frenesy Film in conjunction with Rai Cinema, with the support of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and the Doc Film Fund of the Piemonte Film Commission, will be presented out of competition on Saturday 10 September.
A reporter for La Stampa and the last great war correspondent still in circulation, Quirico was taken hostage in Syria on 8 April 2013 and freed after 152 days of captivity. In this film, he re-evokes his entire career spent collecting fragments of other people’s lives, and journeys back to that cell in which the loss of his liberty and dignity, for the first time, forced him to share the same fate as the people he had written about for years.
In another first, this journalist, who had never before worked with film directors or photographers, has now agreed to share his own experience in the field, along the Russian-Ukrainian front, in this documentary. It’s a journey that will take him to other fronts as well, and inevitably to “the place where it all began and where it all ended”, Syria, where he was held hostage, because "you’re not going home; you’re going back there”.
(Translated from Italian)