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“Happy Winter“ and “Samouni Road“



“Happy Winter“ and “Samouni Road“

Antenna Documentary Film Festival antenna festival 2

The 8th edition of the Antenna Documentary Film Festival, with whom the Institute has been actively collaborating for a number of years, will take place in Sydney between the 9th and the 14th of October. During six days the Festival will present the very best in non-fiction films and a series of shorts from Australia and around, and will host important international guests. This year’s program includes 38 documentaries and 10 shorts from 23 different countries. There will be also an event organized in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art, DocTalk, i.e. a program of talks and masterclasses from a range of leading Australian and international art personalities. The Festival offers a program that is both intelligent and diverse, as well as challenging conceptions and conventions of the world around us. Italy will be represented with two documentaries by two directors, renowned Stefano Savona and newcomer Giovanni Totaro.

Samouni Road by Stefano Savona, 2018, 128’

Thursday, 11 October, at 8.30 pm @ Chauvel Cinema
Sunday 14 October, at 3.00 pm @ Dendy Newtown

samouni roadIn 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 latest war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and 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.

Stefano Savona was born in Palermo. Before moving to Paris to pursue a career in filmmaking, he studied archeology and anthropology in Rome and the UK and traveled extensively throughout the Near East to take part in different archeological excavations. This same region is where he later shot most of his films: among others, Notes from a Kurdish Rebel (2006), Cast Lead (2009) and Tahrir Liberation Square (2011).

Happy Winter by Giovanni Totaro, 2017, 91’

Friday, 12 October, at 7.00 pm @ Dendy Newtown
Sunday, 14 October, at 5.00 pm @ Verona Cinema

Every summer on Mondello Beach in Palermo, more than a thousand cabins are erected to house the same number of groups of happy winter 1bathers who will spend the season in them. For these people the “huts” are the perfect setting in which to hide behind the memory of a social status that the crisis of recent years has undermined. A family gets into debt to go on a seaside vacation and to look well-off among the bathers, three women sunbathe in order to feel as if they are still young, while on the same beach a barman thinks about earning as much money as possible to get through the winter. Everyone is waiting for the night of August 15 to play a leading role in the summer Vanity Fair and to keep on pretending that the economic crisis doesn’t exist.

Happy Winter is the first full-length documentary by Giovanni Totaro (born in 1988), who graduated from the Sicilian branch of the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.

The 12 October screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director, Giovanni Totaro.

For information and bookings visit the Festival’s website: 


Date: Da Tuesday, October 09, 2018 a Sunday, October 14, 2018

Organized by : Antenna Documentary Film Festival

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Chauvel Cinema, Palace Verona, Dendy Newtown, MCA