The Other Side

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    The Other Side

    Louisiana - The Other Side

    Directed by

    France, Italy

    2015

    92 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Cannes IFF - Un Certain Regard

    In an invisible territory at the margins of society, at the border between anarchy and illegality, lives a wounded community that is trying to respond to a threat: of being forgotten by political institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled. Disarmed veterans, taciturn adolescents, drug addicts trying to escape addiction through love, ex-special forces soldiers still at war with the world, floundering young women and future mothers, and old people who have not lost their desire to live. Through this hidden pocket of humanity, the door opens to the abyss of today's America.

    Awards

    • Amphore d'Or - Groland FF
    • Busan Cinephile Award - Busan IFF
    • Best Director - Seville EFF
    • Best Cinematography (International Feature) - RIDM

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Mark Kelley
    Lisa Allen James
    Lee Miller
    Screenplay
    Roberto Minervini
    Denise Ping Lee
    Cinematography
    Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos
    Editing
    Marie-Hélène Dozo
    Sales
    DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    AGAT FILMS & CIE / EX NIHILO
    Production
    OKTA FILM

    Press

    A dry, refined style, which uses the language of cinematic fiction.

    Camilo de Marco, Cineuropa

    The helmer manages to capture a troubling side of the country’s identity that locals prefer to ignore.

    Peter Debruge, Variety

    Minervini deserves credit for going where few high-minded filmmakers have gone before, revealing a side of Americana rarely seen onscreen.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    A bold approach.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    The observational frame in a sense drives anger to the surface, giving it a form that then also becomes the documentary’s main theme.

    ICA, Aesthetics of the Frame

    Roberto Minervini

    Roberto Minervini

    USA

    My work is the result of a laborious and unconventionally (un)structured process, which is highly experiential and very personal. It is what I call 'Artisanal Cinema'

    Roberto Minervini is an Italian born, US-based film director, writer and lecturer. He holds a Master in Media Studies from the New School University, New York, and is pursuing a Phd in Cinema history at the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, Spain. He lives and works between Italy and the United States.

    Selected Filmography