Italy 2019, 90 min, Italian, Hebrew & English subtitles
They spend their days training rigorously, trance-dancing, praying, and eating with a ritualistic intensity that requires them to lick their plates. At night, they hold each other close and have intimate conversations. The Master assembled this group of followers twenty years ago, and together, they withdrew from the world. Since then, they have been preparing to protect humanity from evil, when that evil comes.
Director Valentina Pedicini had previously made a short film about this sect. 11 years later, when she came back to their secluded mansion in Italy, they viewed her return as auspicious and gave her free access to their rituals, their time with their children, and even moments of crisis, of which there are many. Using black & white cinematography and a lot of music, she manages to capture the enthralling sense of absolute devotion that permeates the place.
With the support of the Italian Institute of Culture.
Previous Festivals: IDFA, Goteborg Film Festival