World premiere, Film in competition for the Œil d'Or Award
In the rural outskirts of Gaza City, a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the lastest war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighborhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plow fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memory. Through these young survivors’ recollections, Samouni Road conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.
Stefano Savona was born in Palermo. Before moving to Paris to pursue a career in filmmaking, he studied archeology and anthropology in Rome and the UK and traveled extensively throughout the Near East to take part in different archeological excavations. This same region is where he later shot most of his films: among others, Notes from a Kurdish Rebel (2006), Cast Lead (2009) and Tahrir Liberation Square (2011).
Stefano Savona, Léa Mysius, Penelope Bortoluzzi
Jean Mallet, Margot Testemale
Artistic Director of Animation
Alter Ego Production (France)
Arte France Cinéma (France)
Rai Cinema (Italie)