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MAR NERO / Black Sea

MAR NERO / Black Sea

Elderly Gemma (Ilaria Occhini) is in poor health and has found herself alone after the death of her husband. Gemma lives in Florence, while her son Enrico(CorsoSalani) is in Trieste. He hires Angela (Dorotheea Petre), a woman from Romania, to look after Gemma. At first, Gemma makes no secret of the fact she doesn't trust Angela. But in time Gemma develops a genuine respect for Angela and her close relationship with her husband Adrian (Vlad Ivanov), who is still in Romania. After Angela doesn't hear from Adrian for two weeks, she's convinced that something is wrong. Gemma joins Angela as she goes back to Romania in search of Adrian. (Mark Deming)

Federico Bondi
Born in 1975, Federico Bondi is a director, editor and screenwriter from Italy. He studied literature and philosophy in Florence. After completing several documentaries, his first feature film “Black Sea” (2008) premiered at Locarno Festival in competition, winning three awards: Best Actress for Ilaria Occhini, the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, and the Youth Jury Prize.

Film Selection: Educazione affettiva (2013, doc) — Mar nero (Black Sea, 2008)
 — L’uomo planetario. L’utopia di  Ernesto Balducci (2005, doc) — La ruta del cafè (2004, doc)
 — Soste Japan (2002, mid-length  doc)   

Spotlight 2018

Federico Bondi

Italy / Romania / France 2008
35 mm / color
95 minutes
Italian / Romanian

Gigi Martinucci
Ilaria Fraioli
Enzo Casucci, Guy Klucevsek
Ilaria Occhini, Dorotheea Petre, Corso Salani, Vlad Ivanov
Francesco Pamphili, Ada Solomon, Giorgia Priolo



Film Kairos, Rai Cinema, HiFilm Productions, Manigolda Film
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Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Locarno Festival 2008