Sanremo

by Miroslav Mandić

Sanremo, 2020, fiction, digital DCP, 2,39:1/2,35:1, c, 85 min
Finished

Bruno and Duša, who live in the same nursing home, enjoy each other’s company. However, their moments together are always soon forgotten, as both of them suffer from dementia. Each time they meet feels like the first. This unique relationship is evoked by Gigliola Cinquetti’s song Non ho l’età, performed at the Sanremo Festival back in the 1960s – the only shared memory from their youth. When Bruno is alone, his past resurfaces, causing him to retreat to his old life – his home, his wife, and his dog, which are, in reality, no longer around. One night, he has trouble finding his room. He accidentally walks into Duša’s and falls asleep next to her. In the morning, they start arguing, each of them convinced the other one is in the wrong bed, only to rediscover their mutual affection. Moments later, dressed in her finest clothes, Duša waits for Bruno at their breakfast table in vain.

Miroslav Mandić

Miroslav Mandić (1955), born in Sarajevo, graduated from the Columbia University School of the Arts, New York. After a brief film career in Bosnia and Herzegovina, he emigrated to the Czech Republic during the 1990s Yugoslav Wars and directed numerous documentaries. Currently, he lives and works in Slovenia. His films have been screened at many renowned international film festivals – Locarno, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Munich, Sarajevo, Melbourne, Krakow, Cairo – and have won several awards. These works include I Act, I Am (2018, fiction feature), Stairway (2015, fiction short), Adria Blues (2013, fiction), Searching for Johnny (2009, documentary), and Borderline Lovers (2005, documentary).

WP:
PÖFF - Tallin Black Nights Film Festival, International competition, 2020

screenwriter
Miroslav Mandić
director
Miroslav Mandić
producers
Miroslav Mandić, Nina Robnik
co-producers
Marta Zaccaron, Fabiana Balsamo
executive producer
Sandra Ržen
director of photography
Peter Zeitlinger
music composer
Darko Rundek
film editor
Andrej Nagode
production designers
Dušan Milavec, Barbara Kapelj
costume designer
Polonca Valentinčič
key make-up artist
Anita Ferčak
sound designer
Francesco Morosini
cast
Sandi Pavlin, Silva Čušin, Boris Cavazza, Mojca Funkl, Barbara Cerar, Lara Komar, Barbara Vidovič, Vladimir Jurc, Safet Mujčić, Jurij Drevenšek
production
Filmostovje
co-production
Incipit film, RTV Slovenija
in collaboration with
Film Studio Viba Film
co-funding
Slovenian Film Centre, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali (MiBAC), Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission - FVG, Regional audiovisual fund Friuli Venezia Giulia
sales
Coccinelle Film Sales (international market)