Small Body

Category: feature
Director: Laura Samani
Producer: Nadia Trevisan
Country: Italy, France, Slovenia
Year: 2021
Length: 89'
Production Status: completed


After birthing a stillborn child, the grieving Agata is tortured by her Catholic faith - specifically the belief that her baby's soul lies in eternal Limbo. Hope comes in the form of a mystical sanctuary in the middle of the mountains which can allow her baby to live for just one breath - just long enough to be blessed. Against the wishes of her husband and community, Agata embarks on an Orphean journey across north-east Italy, along rivers and into forests brimming with ancient power. Echoing the folkloric aura of Alice Rohrwacher's HAPPY AS LAZZARO, Samani's odyssey is stunning and strange in equal measure.
(Sydney Film Festival 2022)

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