Roadstead

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    Roadstead

    Rada

    Directed by

    Italy

    2014

    70 min

    • Italian

    Documentary

    Perched above the sea, overlooking Paradiso bay in Camogli, is the imposing building that houses the G. Bettolo rest home, a historical institution of the Italian Navy, now owned and managed by INPS. This is where eighteen retired sailors live, a crew forced to live on dry land and which, under the guidance of a film crew, navigates the unknown waters of making a film.

    Awards

    • Best Film for Italiana.doc - Torino FF
    • Best Cinematography - Krakow FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Renzo Cavatorta
    Giorgio Sartorello
    Paolo Mondello
    Giacomo Gaggero
    Alessandro Bagioli
    Primo Conoscenti
    Silvia Lorenzo
    Eleonora Debenedetti
    Screenplay
    Alessandro Abba Legnazzi
    Cinematography
    Matteo Tortone
    Editing
    Enrico Giovannone

    Director's Statement

    The idea for the project came about through the contrast between the legendary figure of the sailor with the beret and striped T-shirt, and the unusual and melancholy version relegated to a rest home. To somebody who lives on the sea, dry land is synonymous with inert things at rest. And then there is the ‘roadstead,’ the middle moment, when the ship drops anchor and awaits permission to enter the port. In this moment of standstill, the crew kills time by doing maintenance, dawdling and talking about hard knocks, nostalgia, stress and wishes. So I proposed an activity to the sailors to fill their time: we make a movie together, pretending the rest home is a ship in a roadstead.

    Production
    OFFICINA KOINE
    Production
    BABYDOC FILM
    Alessandro Abba Legnazzi

    Alessandro Abba Legnazzi

    Italy

    Alessandro Abba Legnazzi (Brescia, Italy, 1980), after graduating in modern literature from the Università statale of Milan, began working at elementary schools and youth centers, coordinating film laboratories and producing shorts. In 2012, he made his first documentary, IO CI SONO, gathering the stories of students and teachers at an elementary school in Brescia. The movie was presented at Milan's Filmmaker Festival and at the Krakow Film Market.