• Director

    Laura Samani

  • Producers

    Nadia Trevisan, Alberto Fasulo, Thomas Lambert, Daniel Hočevar

  • Screenwriters

    Marco Borromei, Elisa Dondi, Laura Samani

  • With

    Celeste Cescutti, Ondina Quadri

  • Italy-France-Slovenia 2021. 89min

  • Sales

    Alpha Violet

  • Language

    Italian dialect

    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.

Adrian Wootton

Contains scenes viewers may find distressing.

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