Babylonia, Mon Amour

Pierpaolo VERDECCHI
  • Italy, Spain
  • 2017
  • 77min
  • MOV
  • B&W
  • Asian Premiere
CompetitionInternational Competition

Screening Schedule

  • 09월 14일 16:00-17:17 Code 118 Megabox Baekseok 2 G Q&A
  • 09월 16일 13:00-14:17 Code 313 Megabox Baekseok Comport 6 G Q&A
* Unless follwing Subtitle code is marked, all films will have English subtitles.
N None English dialogue without English subtitle
K Korean dialogue without English subtitle

Synopsis

The camera follows the young Senegalese men wandering aimlessly and captures the seamy side of the Brcelona metropolitan area. They, not able to get a job with no papers or permits to stay, cannot help but to wonder about the streets, eluding the police. They try to solace themselves by singing even in a depression, but the longer they struggle for survival, the more their hope for the future fades away.

Director

  • Pierpaolo VERDECCHI
    Accursed Frontiers (2010)
    Manipulite (2004)

Review

The problem of illegal immigration is not new. Every year, an increasing number of people move from East to West and South to North to find means of survival and pursue their dreams. For immigrants, Europe is the destination at the end of their perilous journey away from war and poverty. However, their hopes are shattered in Barcelona. The camera illuminates the precarious lives of Senegalese youths who survive in the Mediterranean city. They days are fraught with idleness as they loiter about parks, subway stations or temporary shelters. This draws a contrast with distorted and fragmented yet stylish images coupled with rhythmic music. The director paints a twisted portrait of today’s Europe through music and images of urban crowds blending in strangely with the bleak fate of the immigrants. The final beach scene makes us forget briefly that those walking on the path of nomads have been thrown into the modern version of Babylon, characterized by human hunting. The film’s ending embraces all and shines with natural brilliance that everyone can have. [RHEE Souewon]

Credits

  • PRODUCER  Ivan Bormann
  • CINEMATOGRAPY, SOUND  Pierpaolo VERDECCHI
  • EDITOR  Fabio TOICH
  • POST-PRODUCTION SOUND  Francesco MOROSINI

Distribution / World Sales

  • Ops Film!  cinerandagio@gmail.com
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