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by Antonio Pisu


1989: a few weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Pago, Rice and Bibi, three twenty-five-year-olds from Cesena, leave their quiet lives behind in search of adventure. A ten-day vacation in Eastern Europe means heading to places where the Soviet regime is still in place. Once in Budapest, they meet Emil, in flight from the dictatorship in his native Romania. The man is worried about his family back home and asks the trio for a favor: to take a suitcase to his wife and daughter. The journey is long, towns are deserted, restaurants have no food, and people will give you the shirt off their back out of hospitality. Finally the three Italians arrive in the capital. The moment they open the suitcase in front of Emil’s wife Andra, six-year-old daughter Adina, and grandma Costelia is highly emotional. Two months later, just before Christmas, the fall of Ceausescu is announced on television. By now, Pago, Rice and Bibi have returned to their normal lives in Italy.

international title: Est
original title: Est - Dittatura Last Minute
country: Italy
year: 2020
genre: fiction
directed by: Antonio Pisu
film run: 104'
screenplay: Antonio Pisu
cast: Lodovico Guenzi, Matteo Gatta, Jacopo Costantini
cinematography by: Adrian Silisteanu
film editing: Paolo Marzoni
art director: Paola Zamagni, Iuliana Vilsan
costumes designer: Luminita Mihai
music: Davide Caprelli
producer: Maurizio Paganelli
production: Genoma Films, RAI Cinema, Stradedellest (IT)

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