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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Mon amour, mon ami
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Mon amour, mon ami
Mon amour, mon ami
Mon amour, mon ami
Mon amour, mon ami

Mon amour, mon ami

director: Adriano Valerio
original title: Mon amour, mon ami
country: Italy, France
year: 2017
running time: 15 min.

synopsis

A film about one of the many forms of love, shot sensitively and without pathos. Daniela and Fouad met purely by chance. She is alone and he needs a residence permit. Over time, their pragmatically motivated relationship weaves the two protagonists into a fragile web of intimacy. But Fouad’s professions of love start to be a hindrance for Daniela.

biography

Italian director Adriano Valerio (1977) lives and works in Paris. He debuted with the feature-length film Banat – The Journey (2015), which premiered as part of Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival.

more about film

director: Adriano Valerio
cast: Fouad Miftah, Daniela Brandi
producer: Marco Alessi, Giulia Achilli, Lionel Massol
script: Adriano Valerio
photography: Diego Romero Suarez Llanos
editing: Alice Roffinengo
sound: Enrico Ascoli

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