The Call

  • Italy
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Italian citizens can be called to serve on juries for certain criminal cases. They don't get much time to think about it, either: on the day before appearing for jury selection, they're randomly selected by a computer system. And so, one morning at 10 o'clock, 60 tense Italians take their place in a Court of Assizes that was, as one potential juror whispers, built under Mussolini. The camera never gives an overview shot, but always films each individual in close-up. Their whispers, nervous questions, funny comments and discomfort are all captured and brought together in a soft cacophony full of reflection on this remarkable civic duty. A drawn-out and infamous criminal case from 1974 and the judge’s claim that no one needs to be scared of the mafia lend an extra dimension to this fascinating cinematic observation.



  • Original title
    La Convocazione
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Enrico Maisto, Valentina Cicogna
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Jacopo Loiodice
  • Editing
    Veronica Scotti, Valentina Cicogna
  • Sound
    Simone Paolo Olivero
  • Duration
    57 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Italy
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • 58 Festival dei Popoli
    • IDFA International Documentary Festival Amsterdam
    • Milano Film Network
    • Budapest International Documentary Film Festival
    • DocPoint Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival
    • Terra di Cinema
    • Crossing Europe International Film Festival Linz
    • HOT DOCS
    • Dok.Fest Munchen
    • Mediterranean Film Festival, Široki Brijeg, BiH
    • DMZ Docs, International Film Festival, South Korea
    • Listopad – Minsk International Film Festival
  • Awards
    • 58 Festival dei Popoli – Audience Award
    • HOT DOCS – Best Mid-Lenght Documentary Award


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