Small Body

by Laura Samani

Telesce, orig. Piccolo Corpo, 2021, coproduction, fiction, 1,85:1, c, 89 min

Italy, 1900. Young Agata’s baby is stillborn and so, condemned to Limbo. Agata hears about a place in the mountains, where infants can be brought back to life for just one breath, to baptize them. She undertakes a voyage with her daughter’s small body hidden in a box and meets Lynx, a solitary boy who offers to help her. They set off on an adventure which will enable both to come close to a miracle that seems impossible.

Laura Samani

Laura Samani was born 1989 in Trieste. After graduating in Philosophy & Literature at the University of Pisa, she studied at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome), directing class. Her graduation short movie, The Sleeping Saint, premiered at Cannes Cinéfondation in 2016. Since then, it has gained international acclaim and awards in several international festivals. In 2018 she worked for the Maremetraggio Association, conducting the participatory video workshop Città Visibile, financed by Siae Bando SIllumina - Periferie Urbane in Valmaura, Trieste. It is the first laboratory of this type ever conducted in Trieste, it has involved teenagers living in social marginality with the aim of making a self-narrative documentary. Small Body, a raw fairytale, is her first feature.

Festival de Cannes, Cannes Critics’ Week, 2021

Vesna Award best minority coprodution (FSF - Festival slovenskega filma, 2021), Vesna Award best cinematography (FSF - Festival slovenskega filma, 2021), FIPRESCI Award best feature film (FIPRESCI - Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique, 2021)

Laura Samani, Marco Borromei, Elisa Dondi
Laura Samani
Nadia Trevisan
Thomas Lambert, Danijel Hočevar
director of photography
Mitja Ličen
music composer
Fredrika Stahl
film editor
Chiara Dainese
production designer
Rachele Meliadò
costume designer
Loredana Buscemi
key make-up artist
Arianna Ferrazin
sound designers
Riccardo Spagnol, Luca Bertolin, Nathalie Vidal
Celeste Cescutti, Ondina Quadri
Nefertiti Film, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI Cinema)
Vertigo, Tomsa-Films
in collaboration with
Film Studio Viba Film
Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism - MiBACT (Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo), Eurimages, CNC, Aide Aux Cinémas Du Monde - CNC, Institut français, Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Fund, Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission - FVG, Slovenian Film Centre, Film Studio Viba Film, Arte - Association relative à la télévision européenne, COFINOVA (Cofinova 16), Torino Film Lab (Production Award), Creative Europe - MEDIA, When East Meets West (Development Award)
Alpha Violet (world sales)


Danijel Hočevar