Samouni Road

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    Samouni Road

    Directed by

    France, Italy

    2018

    126 min

    • Arabic

    Animation, Documentary

    In the rural outskirts of Gaza City a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the last war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and their cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighborhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plow fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memory. Through these young survivors’ recollections, "Samouni Road" conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.

    Awards

    • Œil d’or Prize for Best Documentary - Festival de Cannes
    • Special Award the New Waves - Sevilla IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Stefano Savona
    Léa Mysius
    Penelope Bortoluzzi
    Cinematography
    Stefano Savona
    Editing
    Luc Forveille
    Music
    Giulia Tagliavia
    Production
    PICOFILMS
    Production
    DUGONG FILMS
    Production
    ALTER EGO PRODUCTION
    Production
    ARTE FRANCE CINEMA
    Sales
    DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL

    Press

    Destined to become a touchstone in the cinematic representation of the Strip, the documentary combines live action, superb scratchboard animation overseen by Stefano Massi, and recreated drone footage to capture the lives of an extended farming family before and after the 2009 Israeli invasion that left 29 people dead and their lands a devastated wasteland.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Stefano Savona

    Stefano Savona

    Italy

    Stefano Savona was born in Palermo in 1969. He studied Archeology and Anthropology. In 1999 he switched his principal area of activity to directing and producing documentaries and video installations such as MIRRORED BORDER (2002, Special Jury Prize Torino FF) and D-DAY (2005, Centre Pompidou, Paris). His feature lenght documentary NOTES FROM A KURDISH REBEL (2006) received a nomination for a David di Donatello, and won the SCAM prize at Cinéma du Rèel in Paris. CAST LEAD (2009) was selected to the Locarno Film Festival - Cinéastes du présent and won the Special Jury Prize. Since 2009 he has been collecting the hundreds testimonies of “Il Pane di San Giuseppe” (“Saint Joseph’s Bread”), a visual history archive dedicated to the living memory of 100 years of rural civilization in Sicily. In 2011, he produced and directed PALAZZO DELLE AQUILE, winner of the Grand Prix of the Cinéma du Réel Festival. In 2011 he directed TAHRIR LIBERATION SQUARE, selected at Locarno Film Festival, distributed theatrically in France, winner of a David di Donatello and of a Silver Ribbon for Best Feature Lenght Documentary in 2012.

    Selected Filmography