Programmed by Pauline David
French, Italian, English
French, English, Italian
Nommé pour le César 2022 du meilleur court métrage documentaire
"Last summer, my grandmother told me for the first time that my grandfather was not killed in a car accident in New York, as I had always believed. He was murdered in Harlem in the 1970s. The documentary, which combines essay and family cinema formats, is the fruit of my research trip to New York and my investigation into his death." (G. A.)
Hasn’t everyone always dreamed of an unknown uncle in America? Giacomo Abbruzzese has found his, but he arrives later, at the end of the film, with his lot of revelations. Meanwhile, the filmmaker plays Super 8 reels and opens photo albums kept by his grandmother from Taranto, in Apulia, over a delve into some family memoirs from opposite shores. An image evokes an anecdote, before leading to another tale, drawing us into the merry-go-round of his thoughts. It is the story of departures and new beginnings, of families and silences, of Billy Joel, of the yearning for discovery and for love. His grandfather died in New York, a long time ago, in unknown circumstances. The filmmaker wants to understand why, and he takes us with him on his investigative expedition. A free and captivating account on the B side of Americana that seeps into the cracks of our contradictions.
Programmer, director of Festival En Ville ! (Bruxelles - BEL)