Italy 2017, 91 min, Italian, Hebrew & English subtitles
Palermo’s Mondello beach is the perfect getaway. The community that gathers here every summer, occupying hundreds of tiny colorful cabins, spends its days and nights together, sharing meals, taking night swims, watching soccer, singing karaoke and enjoying beach parties. The seaside is so beautiful one can almost believe it’s an artificial set, too flawless to be real. The characters are much the same: they can be funny, infuriating, ridiculous and touching.
￼In a series of stunning shots, both above and underwater, the camera follows the enormous crowd of vacationing families and singles as they try to stay true to their mission of escapism, but fail to ignore politics, the financial crisis and the thought of immigrating as they consider what awaits them at the end of the season.
Previous Festivals:Venice International Film Festival, IDFA, Docpoint IDF Helsinki, Docpoint IDF Tallinn, ZagrebDox International Documentary Festival, Vilnius International Film Festival, Istanbul International Film Festival
- Sun 20.05 12:15 Cinemateque 1
- Thu 24.05 14:15 Cinemateque 1 Filmmaker Present
- Fri 25.05 16:00 Cinemateque 1 Filmmaker Present
Production: Simone Catania, Francesca Portalupi
Production Company: Indyca, Zenit Arti Audiovisive
Editing: Andrea Maguolo
Cinematography: Paolo Ferrari, Nunzio Gringeri
Soundtrack: Adriano Alampi
Music: Giordano Corapi
Born in 1988 in Palermo, Italy. After graduation from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Sicily in 2015, Giovanni Totaro worked as a production assistant and film director. HAPPY WINTER is his first feature-length documentary & also his first film after graduation.