SELECTIONS AND AWARDS DON’T STOP FOR DIRECTOR AND INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT’S PROFESSOR ADRIANO VALERIO WHO IS CURRENTLY ON THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT FOR HIS FIRST FEATURE FILM BANAT – THE JOURNEY.
For the past months, Adriano Valerio’s Banat – Il Viaggio has been selected in nearly 20 festivals across the world, including Venice Film Festival 2015 – Critics’ Week (Italy), Busan International Film Festival (South Korea) and Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA) and Banat has already received three awards:
- Best Cinematography Award for DOP Jonathan Ricquebourg, at Tirana International Film Festival (Albania);
- Premio Corso Salani – Best Film Award at Trieste Film Festival (Italy);
- Silver Djet Pillar – Best Director Awards at Luxor Egyptian and European Film Festival (Egypt).
Shot in Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Romania, Banat – Il Viaggio is a story about the search for employment and happiness through reverse emigration.
Ivo is an agronomist who lives in Bari, Italy. He’s forced to accept a job offer in Romania. He meets by chance Clara, the new tenant of Mrs. Nitti’s apartment he had been renting, who is coming out of a difficult relationship and just lost her job. They spend an entire night talking, surrounded by their respective boxes.
Leaving for Romania, Clara decides to join Ivo. Together they could potentially fulfill their lives in an unexpected place. Everything becomes more difficult when an accident destroys the company.
Clara is afraid; Ivo doesn’t want to give up on hope. Is exile from their homeland really the only way to be happy?
Banat is produced by Movimento Film (Italy), in coproduction with Romanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian Production companies. Written in collaboration with Ezio Abbate, Adriano’s film features Italian actors Edoardo Gabbriellini – I am Love (Io sono l’amore, 2009), A Whole Life Ahead (Tutta la vita davanti, 2008) –, Elena Radonicich – All About You (Tutto parla de ti, 2012), Italo (2014) –, Piera Degli Esposti and Romanian actor Stefan Velniciuc.
We wish Adriano and his crew many awards and success in the next festival selections!
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