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Small Body

Directed by Laura Samani
2021
Italy, France, Slovenia
89 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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A woman tries to free the soul of her stillborn child in Laura Samani’s hypnotic debut. This aching fable explores motherhood, mysticism and grief. Cannes 2021.
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.

LAURA SAMANI was born in Trieste, Italy. In 2016, her short film The Sleeping Saint premiered at Cannes Cinéfondation and has since gained international awards and acclaim.
A rough-hewn fairytale unfolding against a fully realised world.
Wendy Ide, Screen International

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Fri 10 Jun
11:45am
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sun 12 Jun
1:30pm
Palace Norton Street
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Europe! Voices of Women in Film
Original Title
Piccolo Corpo
Year
2021
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Italy, France, Slovenia
Language
Italian with English Subtitles
Director
Laura Samani
Producer
Nadia Trevisan, Alberto Fasulo
Cast
Celeste Cescutti, Ondina Quadri
Screenwriter
Marco Borromei, Elisa Dondi, Laura Samani
Cinematographer
Mitja Ličen
Editor
Chiara Dainese
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Focus on Women, Religion & Belief
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Alpha Violet
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