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Anbessa



Italy/USA, 2019, DCP - Color - 85'

DIRECTED BY:
Mo Scarpelli

SCREENPLAY:
Mo Scarpelli

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Mo Scarpelli

EDITING:
Nico Leunen, Thomas Pooters

MUSIC:
Erik K Skodvin

SOUND:
Mo Scarpelli; additional recording by Asalif Tewold, Misgan Assefa Lulie, Tijn Hazen

PRODUCER:
Caitlin Mae Burke, Mo Scarpelli

PRODUCTION:
Rake Films

WORLD SALES:
Sweet Spot Docs, Anna Berthollet

STORY DESCRIPTION:

“Anbessa” captures one boy taking on modernization on his own terms, revealing a unique and magical perspective on the myth of “progress” that entraps us all. Ten-year-old Asalif and his mother have been displaced from their farmland on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the construction of a condominium. As they watch the buildings take shape, the condo’s trash becomes Asalif’s treasure, but this is threatened when he’s chased out by new tenants, and garbage trucks start hauling away items he could use. Asalif uses his imagination to battle forces beyond his control by becoming Anbessa: the lion.



“Anbessa” racconta di un ragazzo che elabora la modernizzazione a modo suo, rivelando una prospettiva unica e magica sul mito del “progresso” che ci coinvolge tutti. Asalif e sua madre vengono sfollati dai loro terreni agricoli alla periferia di Addis Abeba, in Etiopia, per la costruzione di un condominio. Mentre guardano l’edificio prendere forma, la spazzatura del condominio diventa il tesoro di Asalif. Ma le minacce dei nuovi inquilini e i camion che portano via gli oggetti che potrebbe utilizzare, portano Asalif a usare la sua immaginazione per combattere forze al di fuori del suo controllo diventando Anbessa: il leone.

DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Mo Scarpelli is an Italian - American director and cinematographer of nonfiction cinema. Her debut documentary “Frame by Frame” screened at SXSW 2015, Hot Docs (Audience Top Ten), BFI London Film Festival and over 100 other festivals, garnering over 15 jury and audience awards as well as a Cinema Eye Honors nomination. Mo is a selection of Berlinale Talents 2018, twice a recipient of Catapult Film Fund support, and has received the Speranza Female Filmmaker Award. She directed “El Hara” and “Surviving Kensington”, and served as cinematographer on films including “Speaking is Difficult” (Sundance 2016).



Mo Scarpelli è una regista documentarista e direttrice della fotografia italo-americana. Il suo primo documentario “Frame by frame” è stato presentato al SXSW 2015, Hot Docs (Audience Top Ten), BFI London Film Festival e in oltre 100 festival, ottenendo oltre 15 premi della giuria e del pubblico e una nomination al Cinema Eye Honors. Mo è tra i Berlinale Talents 2018, è stata supportata due volte dal Catapult Film Fund e ha ricevuto lo Speranza Female Filmmaker Award. Ha diretto “El Hara” e “Surviving Kensington”, oltre a curare la fotografia in film come “Speaking is difficult” (Sundance 2016).


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