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    Directed by

    • Pietro Pasquetti, Silvia Jop



    77 min

    • Italian

    Among the fragments of a city rebuilt on the ruins of a disaster, in the echo of a catastrophe that has never entirely subsided, upwelling, is a wave that comes from the bottom of the sea and brings the deep waters to the surface. A whole party of characters keeps appearing throughout the film, moving like satellites around a living and unexpected universe: they represent the attempts to resist against and revitalize the historical traditions of a deteriorated and static city.

    We are in Messina, a city that has been totally rebuilt after one of the most devastating natural disasters in the twentieth century. This is where we have been living for two years, trying to establish a deep intimacy with the people who would later become the characters in this film. In UPWELLING, there is constant search for a connection between the concept of catastrophe and the notion of ascending.


    • Most Innovative Feature Film - Visions du Réel
    • Young Jury Award - Filmmaker Festival Milan



    Danilo Adamovic
    Giulia Giordano
    Max Bruno
    Pietro Saitta
    Renato Accorinti
    Pietro Pasquetti
    Silvia Jop
    Pietro Pasquetti
    Gianandrea Caruso
    Sacri Cuori


    A tour de force that gives life to a new genre, strong in terms of aesthetics and content, the bringer of a message that is superficial much more than it is political.

    Giorgia Del Don, Cineuropa

    Silvia Jop

    Silvia Jop


    She received her degree in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology at the University of Siena with a thesis on European Ethnology on the Right to Asylum in Italy. She is the Editorial Coordinator of the blog, lavoroculturale.org. Currently she is Social Media Manager at the Fondazione lettera27 and is involved in the development of the project Cosa Pensano Le Ragazze, produced by Dora Maar in collaboration with Repubblica.it. Her co-directed project UPWELLING (2016) screened at Visions du Réel.

    Pietro Pasquetti

    Pietro Pasquetti


    He received his degree in Documentary Film Direction from the Accademia del cinema e della televisione di Roma a Cinecittà (The Rome Academy of Film and Television at Cinecittà). He took the Masters class in Filmmaker, The Documentary as a View, in Venice. He directed his first documentary ROMA RESIDENCE that was in competition at the Torino Film Festival in 2007 and numerous other film festivals. His second documentary, IL VANGELO SECONDO MARIA is about an aristocratic Rom family that becomes sedentary and Evangelist. It was presented at the Torino Film Festival in 2009 and received the status of art film by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage. His third documentary, UPWELLING, screened at the 2017 Visions du Réel.