First Feature Competition
This strikingly original and enthralling feature debut from Laura Samani details the odyssey of a young mother as she tries to save her baby’s soul.
Nadia Trevisan, Alberto Fasulo, Thomas Lambert, Daniel Hočevar
Marco Borromei, Elisa Dondi, Laura Samani
Celeste Cescutti, Ondina Quadri
Italy-France-Slovenia 2021. 89min
With English subtitles
In an isolated island community in North Eastern Italy at the beginning of the 20th century, Agate gives birth to a stillborn baby. Terrified by being told her child will forever drift in spiritual limbo, she flees husband and family, with her baby’s corpse, embarking on a desperate, dangerous journey to the mountains, where there may be somewhere or someone that can save its soul. With its surprising plot twists and moments of genuine suspense, Small Body could easily pass as a thriller, but its thoughtful tone, dark and enchanting atmosphere, and skilful pacing give it the feel of a Gothic fairy tale. At times breathtakingly beautiful, making great use of its Friuli Venezia settings, this is a captivating, remarkably assured debut.
Contains scenes viewers may find distressing.
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