Small Body

  • Laura Samani
  • Italy, France, Slovenia
  • 2021
  • 89'
  • Piccolo corpo

In 1900, in a religious island community in north-eastern Italy, young Agata learns about a church in the mountains, where it is possible to bring a still-born back to life to be baptized. Determined to save her daughter’s soul, in the shroud of night Agata digs up the little coffin and embarks on a perilous voyage. On the way she meets Lynx, a sly, wild boy who offers to help her in exchange for the mysterious content of her box. Small Body (Cannes Int’l Critics’ Week) is a mystic fairy tale about grief, death and healing, based on old folk legends and real sanctuaries up in the Alps.

Subtitles: EN, HR

Laura Samani

Born in 1989 in Trieste. After graduating in Philosophy & Literature from the University of Pisa, she studied directing at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (Rome). Her graduation short movie, The Sleeping Saint (2016), premiered at Cannes Cinéfondation. Small Body (2021) is her first feature.

Small Body

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Festivals & Awards
Cannes Film Festival – Critics’ Week; Toronto Int'l Film Festival; Warsaw Film Festival; BFI London Film Festival; Busan Int'l Film Festival; Sarajevo Film Festival; Filmfest Hamburg

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