26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Low Tide
Low Tide

Low Tide

director: Roberto Minervini
original title: Bassa marea
country: United States, Italy, Belgium
year: 2012
running time: 92 min.


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The film follows the life of a 12-year-old boy in an average, small town in Texas. Being in the great outdoors and exploring the local fauna on hot days is the only form of entertainment the boy ever gets when he’s not cleaning or running the household he shares with his emotionally distant mother. Whether she’s exhausted from a poorly paid job as a nurse at the old folk’s home or drunk after a sleepless night, her son takes on the role of a parent and provides her with loving care. Documentary aesthetics that use minimalist dialogues and cast non-actors as the main characters of the film reflect the social and economic problems of the lower class in the American South.


“Undeniably powerful & eye-wateringly beautiful. Minervini is such a confident filmmaker; his films are both spontaneous but evidently controlled. Low Tide is a mesmerising watch -- stripped back and quietly devastating.” 
– Jimmy Dean



Roberto Minervini (1970) is an Italian film director, screenwriter, photographer, music producer, and university lecturer living in the United States. He studied economics in Italy, media studies in New York, and earned his doctorate in film history in Madrid. His films often blur the lines between documentary observation and dramatized storytelling.

more about film

director: Roberto Minervini
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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