Samuele Sestieri’s sophomore feature Lumina
will celebrate its world premiere in the Bright Future section of the Rotterdam
International Film Festival (June 2nd-6th). In the
director’s words: “A modern tale about love and the images, suspended between
sci-fi documentary and coming-of-age.”
The film tells the story of a
mysterious woman who wakes up on a deserted beach. She wanders in a world of
ruins while perceiving the memory of objects. Like an energy source, she is
able to reactivate technological devices that have been switched off for years.
In a ghost town the woman accesses to the digital archive of a smartphone
belonged to a young man named Leonardo. She learns about images and sounds and
their languages, through the videos portraying the relationship between
Leonardo and his partner, she discovers Love.
Shot in the abandoned towns of the
Basilicata region and some hidden places in Lazio, Lumina “is rooted in
faith towards humble and fiercely low budget cinema taking advantage of the
many architectural ghosts around the country to stage the weight of loss,
absence and emptiness.”
Penned by Pietro Masciullo and Samuele
Sestieri, Lumina is produced by Sestieri’s and Pietro Stori’s new-born
Studio Ma.Ga., in association with Andrea Gatopoulos’ and Marco Crispano’s Il
Varco, and with Mario Cattaneo.