28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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When You Are Close to Me
When You Are Close to Me
When You Are Close to Me
When You Are Close to Me
When You Are Close to Me
When You Are Close to Me

When You Are Close to Me

director: Laura Viezzoli
original title: Quando tu sei vicino a me
country: Italy
year: 2021
running time: 75 min.


A world of silence and darkness. A world of things unspoken and unseen. It is the world in which deaf, blind and deafblind people spend their entire lives. But it is also a world full of fantasy, joy and an excited sensitivity towards outside stimuli, touches and vibration. The immense power of physical contact with and the closeness of caregivers is an energizing element in this humanist documentary exploration of the world of people with vision and hearing impairments. The filmmaker patiently observes the lives of patients living in the specific conditions of institutional existence and opens up her observations to a wide range of possible forms of communication and sharing, while also showing an understanding for the hard work and absolute exhaustion of the caregiving personnel.

„Seeing and watching can be done in many different ways. For instance, with the heart or the ears, but also in many other ways.” 


Laura Viezzoli (1979) is an Italian director and producer who works with various institutions and television stations in her home country. In 2010, she founded Bicchieri di Pandora, a company devoted to education in the field of documentary film. Her films The Nature of Things (2016) and When You Are Close to Me (2020) look at people with specific limitations.

more about film

director: Laura Viezzoli
producer: Lorenzo Cioffi, Armando Andria
script: Laura Viezzoli
editing: Enrica Gatto
sound: Stefano Grosso
executive producer: Armando Andria
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