January 16, 2017

WORKS

 

JANÀSA

 

FEATURE FILM. Italy-Ireland 2020 (DEVELOPMENT)

From the book “JANÀSA” by Claudia Zedda, Condaghes.

The story of Janàsa is told by a grandmother to a granddaughter during the Second World War, in Cagliari, and tells of the “Janas” myth.

Janàsa lives in an ancient and pre-Nuragic Sardinia, around 1800 BC; she is the daughter of Naskal, healer and mystic, who raises her daughter according to the ancient cult at the center of which is Ikùssa, the great mother earth. Everything around her is magic. When Naskal kills the warrior, follower of the sun god, who has tried to rape her daughter, the balance breaks: Janàsa must run away and Naskal must die but entrusts her soul to her daughter; she blows sacred fumes into her mouth, tells her to reach the village of Nurvek and entrusts her with the gift and task of reforming the group of the seven janas with magical powers, protectors of men and sacred sites. A journey begins that will see her save the Nuragic village of Nurvek, a journey where adventure, mystery and magic intertwine. As if fate had foreseen everything, Janàsa, the healer, brings together the other six women: Or, the keeper of the waters, Sakòl, the lady of the tides, Mìtzkar, guardian of the fire, Nil the young weaver, Sinìs woman of the bread, Thilar the videmortos that speaks with the dead. These women are known as the “reds”, shy, wise, powerful, mystical women, who have dominion over life and death. The “reds” become powerful and appreciated by the people of Nurvek: they wear red, show themselves at night, heal the sick, foresee the future and operate at the domus de janas. Soon, however, Taul a warrior and village chief, who wanted all the power for himself, convinces the people to kill the seven “reds”. The people they saved from a great evil became the same people from which they will have to defend themselves and run away to not to be killed.

 

 

 

THE MIRACLE OF SINNERS 

FORMAT: DOCUFILM 

 

TIME: 52 MIN

GENRE HISTORICAL

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH – ITALIAN

COUTRY
ITALY & IRELAND 2020

PRODUCTION:
HYPATIA PICTURES
NICAL FILMS
ZENA FILM
ISTITUTO LUCE CINECITTÀ

 

IL MIRACOLO DEI REI

DOCUFILM. Italy-Ireland 2020 (POST-PRODUCTION)

The docufiction tells the story of the miraculous intervention of the condemned, who sentenced to forced labor in the largest agricultural penal colony of Italy, in Castiadas (south-east coast of Sardinia), to reclaim a territory of 6300 hectares uninhabited for 350 years, unhealthy, swampy and malarial.
On 11 August 1875 the general inspector of the prisons of Italy, Eugenio Cicognani, with a handful of men and a dozen of prisoners disembarked on the Cala Sinzias’ beach in Castiadas, arriving from San Bartolomeo’s prison in Cagliari. From that day and for 80 years, the condemned hardly worked to redeem their sins by managing to reclaim the entire area and transforming it into one of the most fascinating places in Sardinia, while malaria was inexorably decimating them.
A still unknown story that must teach us to appreciate the sacrifice of the many men, such as prisoners, guards and employee, who have worked and offered their lives to give us these precious lands as we know them today; an earthly paradise rich of values, beauties, traditions and culture. Clean beaches, crystal clear sea, forests and unspoiled country sides offer a healthy life in the nature.
The story is told by intercalating the landscapes and beauties as they are today with the historical reconstructions developed from the description of all the documents and finds available of that period; fades that take us back in the time, animations that revive images of the past.

 

LADIES OF SCIENCE

 
FORMAT: DOCUFILM 

TIME: 56 MIN

GENRE HISTORICAL

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH 

COUTRY
 IRELAND, 2015

PRODUCTION:
ALESSANDRA USAI & SNUGBORO FILMS

 

Ladies of Science is a   56 minute drama documentary, set in Ireland, tells the true story of two remarkable women,Lady Mary Rosse and Mary Ward, who had a passion for science and technology, including photography, astronomy, microscopy, illustrations, archicture, all during a time (1850′s) when women were not admitted to universities. The current Earl of Rosse, Brendan Parson and his wife Allison, together with leading experts in science, literature, engineering, astronomy,photography, history, explore on film the facinating achievements of these two women. 

Alessandra wrote, directed and produced “Ladies of Science”. From the beginning she fell in love with the two women and could not understand how their story remained untold. In April 2013 she formed a small team of researchers and within a few months received the support of the present Lord and Lady Rosse who granted free access to the locations and materials of these two women. In November 20 people were involved in the producVon growing to 60 people by the February of 2014. The production was then shot on locaVon at Dublin Castle Hotel and Birr Co. Offaly between February and May 2014.  

Narrated by Lalla Ward (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalla_Ward), a great grand daughter of Mary Ward, the film includes details on the building of the Great Telescope in Birr, ( which was the biggest telescope in the world for almost 100 years ) and the tragic death of Mary Ward in 1869, which was the first fatal car accident in Ireland. Dedicated to all women who struggle for recognition and equal opportunities in today’s society.

The documentary had a huge success around the world, has been shown in Hollywood, Nice, Long Island, London, Dublin, Birr and Milano. 

 

– Winner Best Tv Documentary Capra Award, Life Fest international film festival, Hollywood LA – 2015

– Winner Best Editing Documentary at St Tropez Film Festival, Nice– 2015

– Winner Best Tv Documentary at International Film Festival of the world Milano-2015

– Winner Best Scientific & Educational Award Film Festival of the world Milano-2015 

 

JAMBITE

SHORT FILM. Ireland 2017

 

FORMAT: SHORT FILM 
TIME: 12 MIN
GENRE SOCIAL DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH 
COUTRY
IRELAND, 2017
PRODUCTION:
HYPATIA PICTURES

 

Jambite centers on Zita, a young Nigerian girl about to graduate from secondary school. Zita along with her mother Lewa and younger brother Daraja are residents in one of Ireland’s Direct Provision centres. It has been five years since they first arrived as refugees and their status shows no sign of changing. Zita longs to go to university like her best-friend Sharon. Despite considering herself Irish the State begs to differ. At a time when most young teenagers are looking forward to a bright future Zita can only resign herself to the limbo that direct provision forces her and the other 2,000 children in Ireland’s Direct Provision Centres to endure. A story wrote by Hilary Write. 

 

 

 

A DANCE FOR A NEW LIFE

DOCUMENTARY ( Pre-Production)

Hypatia Pictures is currently working on  a new project, a social documentary about women, immigration and dance. 

‘A Dance for a New Life’ started its pre-production in June 2016, a lot of researching has been done since. Seven main women will open their hearts to tell their stories to the world, hoping that it can be an inspiration to more women to believe in them and in their dreams. The bravery and courage of those women are remarkable, and their stories must to be told; however, we are running out of money and resources at this stage, and we are asking for help to conclude a project that gives a voice to those who sometimes are not allowed to speak about their reality and themselves.

Trailer https://vimeo.com/199716781

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/A-dance-for-a-new-life-1726034610968172/?ref=bookmarks