Small Body

Italy, France, Slovenia, Feature Film, 2021, 89 min

Winner of many awards, including the Audience Award at the Annecy Italian Film Festival and Best Director Award at Cairo Film Festival

Italy, 1900. Young Agata’s baby is stillborn and, because the baby had never drawn a breath, the priest refuses to give her a name or a burial place, and her soul is forever condemned to Limbo (nothingness). Agata hears about a small Catholic Church in the mountains where, in a ceremony, infants can be brought back to life for just one breath, be baptized, given a name and their soul sent to heaven (a true custom). She undertakes a journey with her daughter’s small body hidden in a box and meets Lynx, a solitary boy who has keen survival smarts, and they set off on an adventure in hope of a miracle. This stunning film is old-fashioned folklore, filled with magic in the air and spirits everywhere. Subtitled.

Directed by Laura Samani

Colorado Premiere

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