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The Ball

The Ball, "Balon"

World Premiere

Synopsis

Director

No stranger to the film festivals circuit, Sicilian director Pasquale Scimeca follows up his socially engaged "Biagio" with yet another true story about the poor and downtrodden. Shot between Sierra Leone, Algeria and Sicily, "The Ball" dismantles everything we thought we knew about the refugee crisis and delivers a never-before-seen documentary look on what happens before the journey begins. 

Amin loves football. He wears an A.S. Roma jersey on the back of which he wrote the name of defender Rudiger. A distant relative of the player's mother lives in Amin’s village in Nigeria, so he became a catalyst for the boy's dream of a better life. A life that got shattered when Boko Haram fighters raided and burnt down Amin’s village, killing his parents and siblings and leaving him no choice but to escape from rebel capture with his sister Isoké, the lone survivor of the brutal massacre. An elderly man shows them on a map where his children live in Sweden. Europe is merely an undefined dot, but it doesn't look too far away. Amin and Isoké’s grueling desert trip towards a new life starts here. 

"The Ball" ends where "Fuocoammare" (PÖFF 2016) by Gianfranco Rosi begins: the sea. Far from being just the umpteenth western take on migration, the film is born from the tales of a young child detained in a Sicilian children refugee camp. Scimeca’s talent is to disappear behind the story - the camera feels invisible and the point of view becomes that of history. BALON is an open wound, a helping hand for the ones in need, it’s a love letter to those who never made it, a call for action, an apology for our unforgivable silence, it’s a wrecking ball against any wall or fence.

Giampietro Balia

Pasquale Scimeca

After high school he moved to Florence where he graduated in Arts and he travelled to Europe and Africa. His awarded films like “Placido Rizzotto”, “The Undesirables”, “The Passion of Joshua the Jew”, “The House by the Medlar Tree”, “Biagio”  etc.  have been distributed as well as in Italy and in many other countries. "The Ball" is his 15th full-length film.

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: Placido Rizzotto (2000)
  • Gli indesiderabili (2003)
  • La passione di Giosué l'Ebreo (2005)
  • Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree, 2010)
  • Balon (The Ball, 2017)

Schedule

24.11.2017
18:00 - 20:04
Tallinn, 
Kosmos IMAX
Hall IMAX
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 081501
Guests (5)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Pasquale Scimeca, Producer Linda Di Dio, Cast David Koroma, Cast Yabom Fatmata Kabia, Crew Francesco Farnesi
25.11.2017
17:30 - 19:24
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 090305
Guests (5)
Sold out
Movie guests:  Director Pasquale Scimeca, Producer Linda Di Dio, Cast David Koroma, Crew Francesco Farnesi, Cast Yabom Fatmata Kabia
26.11.2017
17:00 - 18:34
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 101901
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Official Selection
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Film info

Country: Italy
Year: 2017
Duration: 94 minutes
Languages: English, Italian, Arabic
Director: Pasquale Scimeca
Writer: Pasquale Scimeca
DOP: Duccio Cimatti
Montage: Francesca Bracci
Cast: David Koroma, Fatmata Kabia,  Vincenzo Albanese,  Raffaella Esposito,  Mohamed Djellouli
Productions: Arbash, RAI Cinema

Synopsis

Director

No stranger to the film festivals circuit, Sicilian director Pasquale Scimeca follows up his socially engaged "Biagio" with yet another true story about the poor and downtrodden. Shot between Sierra Leone, Algeria and Sicily, "The Ball" dismantles everything we thought we knew about the refugee crisis and delivers a never-before-seen documentary look on what happens before the journey begins. 

Amin loves football. He wears an A.S. Roma jersey on the back of which he wrote the name of defender Rudiger. A distant relative of the player's mother lives in Amin’s village in Nigeria, so he became a catalyst for the boy's dream of a better life. A life that got shattered when Boko Haram fighters raided and burnt down Amin’s village, killing his parents and siblings and leaving him no choice but to escape from rebel capture with his sister Isoké, the lone survivor of the brutal massacre. An elderly man shows them on a map where his children live in Sweden. Europe is merely an undefined dot, but it doesn't look too far away. Amin and Isoké’s grueling desert trip towards a new life starts here. 

"The Ball" ends where "Fuocoammare" (PÖFF 2016) by Gianfranco Rosi begins: the sea. Far from being just the umpteenth western take on migration, the film is born from the tales of a young child detained in a Sicilian children refugee camp. Scimeca’s talent is to disappear behind the story - the camera feels invisible and the point of view becomes that of history. BALON is an open wound, a helping hand for the ones in need, it’s a love letter to those who never made it, a call for action, an apology for our unforgivable silence, it’s a wrecking ball against any wall or fence.

Giampietro Balia

Pasquale Scimeca

After high school he moved to Florence where he graduated in Arts and he travelled to Europe and Africa. His awarded films like “Placido Rizzotto”, “The Undesirables”, “The Passion of Joshua the Jew”, “The House by the Medlar Tree”, “Biagio”  etc.  have been distributed as well as in Italy and in many other countries. "The Ball" is his 15th full-length film.

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: Placido Rizzotto (2000)
  • Gli indesiderabili (2003)
  • La passione di Giosué l'Ebreo (2005)
  • Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree, 2010)
  • Balon (The Ball, 2017)