Small Body
Original title:
Piccolo corpo
Slovenian title:
Country, year:
Italy, France, Slovenia, 2021
Directed by:
Laura Samani
Marco Borromei, Elisa Dondi, Laura Samani
Mitja Ličen
Fredrika Stahl
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Celeste Cescutti (Agata), Ondina Quadri (Lince/Ris), Marco Geromin, Giacomina Dereani, Anna Pia Bernardis, Angelo Mattiussi, Luca Sera, Teresa Cappellari, Marzia Corinna Mainardis, Marisa Rupil, Ivo Ban
Cannes 2021

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The young Italian director's debut film, a raw fairy tale based on an ancient Christian tradition existing in the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Small Body explores the boundaries of human belief in miracles.

Northeast Italy, 1900. Young Agata's baby is stillborn and so condemned to Limbo. A devout Christian, Agata hears about a place in the mountains, where infants can be brought back to life for just one breath, to baptize them and save their soul. She undertakes a voyage with her daughter's small body hidden in a box and meets Lynx, a solitary boy who offers to help her. They set off on an adventure which will enable both to come close to a miracle.

"In 2016, I discovered that in Trava, in my Friuli-Venezia Giulia, existed a sanctuary where up until the 19th century particular miracles were said to occur: that stillborn
children could be brought back to life for the space of one breath. / … / The story of these miracles got snagged in some nook of my mind and stayed there, calling for attention.
I was struck by one thing in particular: it was mainly men who would travel to these sanctuaries with the small bodies of their infants. Naturally, the women who had just
given birth were confined to their beds but I couldn't get past the helpless wait they were subjected to." (Laura Samani)