An Italian Mirage

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    An Italian Mirage

    Mirage à l'Italienne

    Directed by



    90 min

    • English
    • Italian


    French subtitles

    Looking for a job? Alaska is waiting for you!” In a Turin bled dry by the economic crisis (“Better off going to pick up heroin in Calabria”, grumbles a mechanic doing a job that barely makes ends meet…), this offer attracts a handful of adventurersat- heart and casualties of life. Be it the former drug addict painfully separated from her daughter or the couple that have lost their son and choose distance as a way of rebuilding their lives, Alessandra Celesia focuses on each person’s change of path, editing her film as a series of intimate portraits. It is no coincidence that the characters in Mirage à l’italienne – be it the Afghanistan veteran with his tattoo, Camilla the theatre actress who plays the role of Dietrich, or Dario the transvestite – almost all carry multiple identities, even on their skin. Their decision to leave is anchored in an already fertile imagination, which is a necessary condition for displacement. Yet, the reality of elsewhere, namely Yakutat with its 662 residents on the last census, still has to be faced. Just like the lives that go off on a tangent, the film’s narrative suddenly stops in its tracks shortly after landing – a coincidence that pushes everyone into introspection and counters any plans of exotic escape.


    • Special Mention- Milano FF
    • Aprile Award- Milano FF


    Alessandra Celesia

    Alessandra Celesia


    Alessandra Celesia was born in Italy (Aosta) in 1970 and lives between Paris and Belfast. After studying contemporary literature and theater, she began a career as an actress and stage director, promoting experimental and collective creation. In 2006, she directed the documentary LUNTANO (2006), which marks her first collaboration with the producer Michel David (Zeugma Films). In 2011, she directed THE BOOKSELLER OF BELFAST (2011) coproduced by ARTE France, the film was shown in particular at Visions du Réel, in Lussa. ITALIAN MIRAGE (2013) had its premiere at Cinéma du Réel. Following this, ANATOMIA DEL MIRACOLO (2017), also co-produced by ARTE France, was selected at Locarno FF and received a “Star of the Scam”. In parallel, she also directed films in collaboration with the “Théâtre de Chaillot”. Her latest work is the film LIKE THE WHITE (2020).