Scene from the film Lampedusa
Scene from the film Lampedusa
Scene from the film Lampedusa
Scene from the film Lampedusa
Scene from the film Lampedusa
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A man and a woman. Zakaria, in his late 20s, fled Somalia, a land buffeted by Civil War, and now he’s a journalist living in Rome. Recently, 55-year-old Giulia was struggling with a personal crisis, and now she returns, carrying a life-threatening illness inside her body. The Mediterranean island of Lampedusa is where the two meet. The past and future, personal experiences, memories, the political situations in Africa and Europe. No topic is taboo for the director, and none is overlooked. The characters deliver soliloquies that allow the viewer a glimpse into the labyrinth of their internal worlds. Light, dark, day, and night, photogenic shots of the sea and island landscapes, everything associatively merging into the precise black-and-white visual component of a film that embraces both documentary and drama. The universality and timelessness of expressed thoughts blur the distinction between genders and peoples. Who are we and where are we headed? The uncompromising director brings up questions about the meaning of our existence, and, like his earlier films, his latest also points to the unclassifiable originality of his work. KVIFF


  • Original title
    Lampedusa / EN version
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Peter Schreiner
  • DOP
    Peter Schreiner
  • Editing
    Peter Schreiner
  • Sound
    Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
  • Duration
    131 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
  • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Diagonale 2015, Graz / Austria
    • International Filmfestival Rotterdam 2016 / The Netherlands
    • International Filmfestival Innsbruck 2016 / Austria
    • International Filmfestival Isola Cinema 2016 / Slovenia
    • Human District International Filmfestival 2016, Belgrade / Serbia
    • Mirabile Dictu - International Catholic Filmfestival 2016, Rome / Vatican City
    • Karlovy Vary International Filmfestival 2016 / Czech Republic
    • A Film for Peace - International Filmfestival 2016, Udine / Italy
    • Indie International Film Festival Belo Horizonte 2016, Sao Paulo / Brazil
    • Cinemigrante International Filmfestival 2016, Buenos Aires / Argentina
    • Sose International Filmfestival 2016, Yerewan / Armenia
    • Festival International du Nouveau Cinéma 2016, Montreal / Canada
    • International Filmfestival Carthago 2016, Tunis / Tunisia
    • Scandinavian International Filmfestival 2016, Helsinki / Finland
    • El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival 2016, Madrid / Spain
    • Eindhoven Film Festival 2016 / The Netherlands
    • European International Film Festival Mainstream&Underground 2016, Moscow / Russian Federation
    • This Human World International Film Festival 2016, Vienna / Austria
    • Wolves Independent International Film Awards 2016, Vilnius / Lithuania
    • Euro Fest 2016, European International Film Festival, St. Petersburg / Russian Federation
    • Das Kino, 'Salty Docs' 2017, Salzburg / Austria
    • Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 2017, Vienna / Austria
    • 7th Philosophical Film Festival 2017, Skopje / Macedonia
    • Eunic-Project: Frontiers and their States 2017, Zagreb, Rijeka / Croatia
    • Festival Internacional de Cine por los Derechos Humanos 2017, Bogota / Colombia
    • Cinemigrante International Filmfestival 2017, Barcelona / Spain
    • Sede Asociacion Audiovisual Ayahue 2017, Pichiquillaipe / Spain
    • Cinemigrante in Canterbury 2017 / Great Britain
    • la 2ª Llega de CineMigrante a Venezia 2017 / Italy
    • Festival Internacional de Cine de Autor 2017, Guadalajara / Mexico
    • San Mauro Torinese International Film Festival 2018 / Italy
  • Awards
    • Award of the City of Innsbruck, IFFI, Innsbruck 2016
    • The Silver Fish, Mirabile Dictu ICFF, Rome 2016
    • Human Time - Award, Human District IFF, Belgrade 2016
    • Guino Award, IFF El Ojo cojo, Madrid 2016
    • Ganadora en la categoría “Largometraje”, FI de Cine por los Derechos Humanos, Bogota 2017 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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