VALPARAISO

Cast: Manuela Martelli, Marco Felli, Barbara Chichiarelli, Laura Rovetti

Director: Carlo Sironi Producers: Giovanni Pompili, Dodo Fiori Screenplay: Giulia Moriggi, Carlo Sironi Art director: Ilaria Sadun Director of photography: Michele D'Attanasio Music: Giovanni Piccardi Editing: Andrea Maguolo Sound: Stefano Sabatini Costume designer: Veronica Fragola Camera operator: Valerio Azzali Line producer: Alessandro Amato Production manager: Luigi Chimienti Sound editing: Alessandro Bianchi With the support of Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Direzione Generale Cinema, Nuovo Imaie, Regione Lazio - Fondo Regionale per il Cinema e l'Audiovisivo, Roma Lazio Film Commission

Country: Italy Year: 2016 Length: 20’

SYNOPSIS

Rocio is locked in Rome's identification and expulsion center and has remained pregnant during his imprisonment. It does not want to reveal how it happened or who it was. He prefers silent. The law does not allow a pregnant woman to be detained and Rocio is released on the fourth month of pregnancy with a temporary residence permit for maternity. Now she is free but she has to carry on unwanted pregnancy.

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

“Immigration detention center are places of segregation and coercion where freedom gets systematically denied. An irregular migrant gets pregnant during her captivity and for this reason, she gets a residency permit, a job, an apparent freedom. Sometimes, free will and freedom of choice are only an illusion. The negation of a bond can reinforce it even more instead of erasing it. With Valparaiso I wanted to show these contradictions through fragments of Rocio’s life. I chose to film it with a bare language in order to narrate in the most essential way, the painful journey of a woman denying and then accepting her being mother”. Carlo Sironi

ACCOLADES

2016 Locarno Film Festival, Pardi di Domani - First Prize  Milano Film Festival - International Short Film Competition Medfilm Festival, Italy - Official Competition Gijón International Film Festival - Short Film Official Section Festival on Wheels, Turkey - Official Selection Passaggi d’autore: intrecci mediterranei – Mediterranean Short Film Festival, Italy - Official Selection Sharm El-Sheikh Arab & European Film Festival, Egypt - Official Short Film Competition Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Australia - Official Short Film Program International Human Rights Film Festival, Argentina, Special mention winner for Short And Medium - Length Films Official Competition Mediterranean Film Festival Split, Croatia - Short film competition Figari Film Fest, Italy - Official Competition Behind Children International Film Exhibition, China Psarokokalo – Athens International Short Film Festival, Greece - Official Competition MICGénero – International Film Festival With Gender Perspective, Mexico - Official Selection Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland - Academy Screenings Concorto Short Film Festival, Italy - Official Competition São Paulo International Short Films Festival, Brazil - International program Verona International Film Festival, Italy Seanema International Film Festival, Montenegro - Short Film Competition Pancevo Film Festival, Serbia - Early Works Competition Shorts Mexico – Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México, Mexico - International Live Action Competition Colombo International Student Film Festival, Sri Lanka - Official program Bueu International Short Film Festival, Spain - Official Competition Batumi International Art-house Film Festival, Georgia - International Short Film Competition First Step Film Fetival, Tirana - Special program: Best films of 2016 Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, United Kingdom - International Competition THESS International Short Film Festival Thessaloniki, Greece - Official Selection BRNO16 – International Short Film Festival, Czech Republic - International Competition Super8000 Film Festival Aarhus, Denmark - Official Selection