DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Una Primavera

Una Primavera

The photos from the time when Fiorella and Bruno married bear the marks of a lost epoch. The bride – white dress, lace veil – looks slightly upward, like a picture of the Virgin Mary. The groom – black hair, black suit – looks straight into the lens, piercing and dark. She can’t say whether she ever loved him, Fiorella, who has just put the heavy, encyclopaedia-sized wedding album on her lap, says. 40 years lie between those photos and the presence of this film – 40 years of losing herself, as Fiorella once confesses in tears.

Valentina Primavera, the couple’s youngest daughter, returns to her parental home with a camera to expose a decade-long history of fights, insults and domestic violence. And she accompanies her mother’s attempt to finally and definitely break up with her husband after 40 years of marriage. The camera is a merciless device. Facing up to its relentlessness, that’s where the physical strength and effort of this film lie.

Lukas Stern

Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Original Title: Una Primavera
Country: Austria, Germany, Italy
Year: 2018
Language: Italian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 80 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Valentina Primavera
Producer: Johannes Schubert
Cinematographer: Valentina Primavera
Editor: Federico Neri
Music: Macarena Solervicens
Sound: Valentina Primavera, Macarena Solervicens
Script: Valentina Primavera

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.