Just like my son
Kontrapunkt - Minority co-production
In the middle of the night, a phone rings three times. It’s a sign. Ismail calls back from a call centre. In Afghanistan, a man answers and hands the phone to Ismail’s mother, who denies knowing him. She hasn’t had any news about her son since he escaped the country as a little boy with his brother. The phone calls continue until Ismail’s mother disappears.
Italy, Belgium, Croatia | 2018 | 103’
Original title: Sembra mio figlio
DIRECTOR Constanca Quatriglio | SCREENPLAY Doriana Leondeff, Costanza Quatriglio | CINEMATOGRAPHY Stefano Falivene, Sabrina Varani | EDITOR Letizia Caudullo, Marie-Hélene Dozo | PRODUCTION DESIGN Beatrice Scarpato | COSTUME DESIGN Nathalie Leborgne | SOUND Alessandro Palmerini | SCORE Luca D’Alberto | ACTORS Basir Ahang, Tihana Lazović, Dawood Yousefi | PRODUCER Andrea Pais, Matteo Rovere, Ivy Vanhaecke, Danijel Pek | COMPANY Ascent Film | COPRODUCED BY Rai Cinema (IT), Caviar Films (BE), Antitalent (HR) | DISTRIBUTION Antitalent | SALES AGENT True Colors
FESTIVALS Locarno film festival Locarno International Film Festival
Costanza Quatriglio (Palermo, 1973) graduated in law in 1997, and finished the Scuola Nazionale di Cinema in 1999. Her short films and documentaries have been screened at numerous festivals, and have frequently won awards. Her short film Con il fiato sospeso (2013) received the Gillo Pontecorvo-Arcobaleno Latin Award at the Venice International Film Festival, and her documentary film Terramatta (2012) received the Premio Cinematografico Civitas Vitae prossima Award at the same festival. Her debut feature film, The Island, received the FIPRESCI Prize at the Bratislava International Film Festival.