Calabria - Calabria
02/Dec/2017 , Switzerland
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French, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian
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Jovan Nikolic and José Russo Baião

Won Best International Competition Film at Doclisboa, won Best International Competition Film in Buenos Aires, won Special Jury Mention at Visions du Réel in Nyon, won Best International Competition Film in Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival.

Best movie review:

“Pierre-François Sauter implicitly reflects, with great sensitivity and a healthy dose of humour, on immigration and the feeling of loss of your roots“- Cineuropa

Official selections:

Visions du Réel; Festival de Locarno Swiss Panorama; Doclisboa; RIDM Montréal; Paraloeil Rimouski in Québec; 51e Journées de Soleure; 4doc Cinema Ideal in Lisbon; Porto/Post/Doc, Hà Filmes Na Baixa! In Porto; 14e DocumentaMadrid; Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival; 57th Krakow Film Festival, Extensoes Doclisboa’16 in Torres Vedras; Festival International “Etonnants Voyageurs”; Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration in Paris; Rencontres du film documentaire in Mellionnec; Atlantida Film Festival; Fünf Seen Filmfestival; Buenos-Aires International Documentary Film Festival; Open City Documentary Festival in London; CineMigrante in Buenos Aires; Flahertiana; Vilnius Documentary Film Festival; Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival; Festival de Cine Europeo in Perú.


Calabria is a road movie in a hearse. After the death of a Calabrian emigrant who came to Switzerland to find work, two undertakers, Jovan and José, emigrants themselves, travel from the north to the south of Italy to repatriate the deceased to his home village. Jovan, a gypsy who was singer in Belgrade, believes in life after death, while José, a Portuguese man with a passion for culture, believes only what he sees. Together, all of them face the trip’s surprises and contingencies. Their voyage at once pays tribute to the dead person and celebrates life.

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