Happy Winter

Every summer on Palermo’s Mondello beach over one thousand cabins are built ready to host as many families who will spend the summer holidays there. For them the beach huts are a perfect scenario for hiding behind the memory of a social status the crisis of recent years has inevitably compromised. A family goes into debt so they can take their seaside holidays and appear wealthy in the eyes of the other beach-goers; three women work on their suntans so they can carry on feeling young and become the stars of the summer, a politician looks for electors among the huts. On the same beach, in the meantime, a barman thinks about nothing but making as much money as possible to get through the winter. All of them are looking forward to the ferragosto, the Italian public holiday of August 15 on occasion of the Assumption of Mary, to be at the centre of the summer vanity fair and continue pretending the economic crisis doesn’t exist.



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HD, DCP, ProRes

56 / 91 min

Giovanni Totaro

Indyca with Rai Cinema in co-production with Zenit Arti Audiovisive

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Festivals / Awards

Venice IFF 2017
IDFA Amsterdam 2017
Docpoint IDF Helsinki 2018
Docpoint IDF Tallinn 2018
ZagrebDox 2018
Vilnius IFF 2018
Italian FF Lisbon 2018 (Jury Prize)
Istanbul IFF 2018
Bolzano IFF 2018
Visions du Réel IDF Nyon 2018
Hot Docs Toronto 2018
Beldocs IDF Belgrade 2018
Millennium Docs Against Gravity IDF Warsaw 2018
DocAviv IDF Tel Aviv 2018
AFI Docs Silver Spring 2018
Edinburgh IFF 2018
Italian FF Shanghai & Beijing 2018
Groix FF 2018
PerSo Perugia Social FF 2018
Salina IDF 2018
Bergen IFF 2018
Zurich IFF 2018
Antenna IDF Sydney 2018 (Award for Best International Documentary )
Open Art Week Tunis 2018