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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

I AM DOCU



A Steady Job

Mattia COLOMBO, Gianluca MATARRESE

  • Italy, France
  • 2022
  • 75min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

AP

Synopsis

Every month, a night bus departs from southern Italy. The passengers are health care workers looking for stable jobs in the Northern Italy, where the economy is relatively good. However, only a handful of jobs are allowed for these thousands of people, and most of them have to get back on this bus again several times a year. Through the story of a night bus full of hope and anxiety for the future, A Steady Job reveals a self-portrait of Italian society groaning from unstable employment and regional disparities.

Review

Bus To Go is a company that provides overnight transportation services to public service exam takers who long for a stable job and do not mind long travels. The entrepreneur Raffaele got the idea from his own experience and started the business. In the background lie the unemployment issues and regional disparity in Italy, where unemployment and low-wage non-standard labor have eroded even the health care sector. When a seemingly promising business tanked due to the pandemic, and Raffaele became a student again, it was the people, not the bus, that were “to go”. Not only major non-places such as buses, bus stops, rest areas, and test centers, but also business cannot guarantee continuity. This, along with the students' tension and the current economic environment, causes extreme anxiety. The directors neatly arrange the audiovisual elements on the cinemascope screen and offset the anxiety through orderly editing and a dramatic film shield. At the same time, they get hold onto the reality by including shots where the camera is reflected through the car window or where the characters are looking at the camera.

Director

  • Mattia COLOMBO

    Born in Italy, author and award winner director of documentary.​ 

  • Gianluca MATARRESE

    Born in Torino and moved to Paris in 2002 to study cinema and theater. He started working in French television, as author, reporter, artistic coordinator to move to direction of award winning documentaries.​ 

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