Child bride Soraya escapes her husband to reach a village where no one knows. But the local young school teacher offers her protection and a place to rest until she figures out her next step. This is a story of two young people living in Yemen. A woman from the city and a man from the countryside. Both struggles to overcome incredible obstacles in a country the world seems to have forgotten.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Tommaso Cotronei firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommaso Cotronei was born in a small town in Calabria, in Southern Italy, where, still very young, started to work in the fields with his parents in the rural countryside. Struck by a place that gives no hopes but backbreaking labour, no chances of wishing for something different, Cotronei finds the strength to flee from his situation at 21. He spends several years looking for something that would suit his hopes while temporarly working as a manual worker in Northern Europe. Getting into the humanities he attends classes at the Philosophy Department at University of Rome La Sapienza, without graduating. In 1993, he luckily becomes the film director Vittorio De Seta's assistant, while the former was working on his film Calabria. In 1997, he films his first oeuvre, Nel Blu Cercando Fiabe (In the Blue Looking for Fairy-tales). Cotronei's gaze is not the distant gaze of the ethnologist, far from the “people”; he does not tease the audience to look at manifestations of subaltern, traditional life as “picturesque”, with a smile or complacent interest. Cotronei's gaze stares at parents' anguish while they are looking at their children condemned to lead the same, forsaken existence.
In the Blue Looking for Fairy-tales (1997), The Workers (2005), Liberation (2007), Preparations for Escape (2008), Nails, Tears, Rose (2009), Earth (2010), Men’s School (2011), The Difference (2012), Rio Paraguay (2012), Covered with the Blood of Jesus (2015), Blood and the Moon (2017).