Giorgio Milocco, 2020, 17'47''

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Ivan je šestdesetletni delavec iz bivše Jugoslavije. Nekega dne se poda na pot v kraje svojega otroštva, kjer se bo skušal znebiti občutka krivde, ki ga tare od mladih nog.


Ivan is a sixty-year-old worker born in former Yugoslavia. He lives with his wife in a small village in Friuli called Torviscosa. One day he decides that the time has come to undertake a journey that will take him back to the places of his childhood, trying to solve the sense of guilt that he feels since he was a child.

Director's statement:

"My Border, my Forest" is the story of a man on the threshold of old age, a man who lives far from his homeland and tormented by a sense of guilt. One day, the moment comes when he wants to put his life in order, which, willingly or unwillingly, is starting its final phase.
The border narrated in the story is multiple and symbolic. It is not only the physical one that separates Italy, in particular Friuli (where the protagonist has lived for fifty years), from the Ex-Yugoslavia (land of his childhood and memories), but also the border between maturity and old age, between sadness and joy. Throughout the story, the protagonist finds the courage to cross these boundaries and the viewer is involved in this transformation.

We perceive his inner torment and his mood in his looks and his gestures, in the minimalism of the rationalist buildings of Torviscosa, in the foggy landscape of Istria, in the abandoned state border and in the other symbolic expedients within the story.

Most people have an unfulfilled dream, or even regret. The facts of life often take us away from what are true desires. Many people are suffocated by a sense of duty and a sense of guilt. Many of these people, sometimes, do not even believe that there is the possibility of getting back into the game, of reckoning the past to return to live serenely the present. Others, however, continue to live on memories and anxieties of the past, and are no longer able to look for the positive side in difficult situations, to find a solution to problems, and to look to the future with serenity. "My Border, my Forest" is a film about hope: Ivan faces his past, in order to be happy again, as when he was a child.

Director biography:

Director, author, art director and editor for documentaries, fiction and commercials.
In 1998 he achieved the second prize and the special mention jury award at the CorMor Festival with the short film “La luna di formaggio”. In 2001 he won the first prize at the short film festival in Ravenna with the film “La Muart cui çucui”. The next short film “Pleasure Doll” has been screened and warmly appreciated by the public and critics, during the days dedicated to the Italian cinema in Limoges (France).

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