by Giovanni Cioni
Documentary | Italy | Italian, | 94’ | 2019

We are in a film inside the film that develops from the rehearsal of the dialogues between Totò and Ninetto Davoli in Che cosa sono le nuvole by Pier Paolo Pasolini and fragments from La Vida es Sueño by Calderón de Barca.The rehearsals are repeated with clapperboards and become the starting point for tales of dreams, messages, songs, disputes about the human conditions apparently staged, and instead truthful and philosophical like in the fairy tales. Dramatic stories emerge, as the one of young Domenico, life-sentenced. It is life, staged. A life which we don’t know if we belong anymore, towards we dream to return, delay after and delay.



GIOVANNI CIONI, film-maker,  born in Paris, lived in Bruxelles, Lisbon, Naples and currently in Tuscany.

Among his titles: VIAGGIO A MONTEVIDEO, Cinéma du Réel 2017, Mostra Nuovo Cinema Pesaro 2017, DAL RITORNO, International Competition at Cinéma du Réel (Paris, 2015), Biografilm (Bologna, 2015) Filmmaker (Milan, 2015), Trieste FF 2016, PER ULISSE, Winner of the International Competition at  Festival dei Popoli, Florence, 2013, Special Mention at Cinema and Human Rights, Naples, 2013, premiered at Visions du Réel, Nyon, international competition, 2013, Etats généraux du film documentaire, Lussas, 2013, Festival des cinemas des Peuples Anuuruaboro, New Caledonie ), GLI INTREPIDI, premiered at 69 Mostra del Cinema di Venezia, Giornate degli Autori, IN PURGATORIO, selected and awarded in a number of festivals (such as Festival dei Popoli, Bellaria FF and Cinéma du Réel), released theatrically in Belgium and France, NOUS/AUTRES, TEMOINS LISBONNE, LOURDES LAS VEGAS, the series of silent films to listen LA RUMEUR DU MONDE


  • Locarno Film Festival
  • Annecy Cinéma Italien
  • Festival dei Popoli (Special Mention)
  • Laceno d’Oro – Winner Documentary Competition

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