Les Unwanted de Europa

  • 112'
  • Spain
  • 2018

Portraying the last days in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), whose writings such as The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction have become of seminal importance in cultural criticism, Ferraro not only deals with a historical and philosophically fascinating subject, but has also crafted a landscape film of immense beauty.

Shot mostly in the South-Eastern Pyrenees in gorgeous black-and-white, where in 1939 the Catalan republicans were escaping to France, but a year later foreigners, Jews and anti-fascists were trying to escape in the opposite direction from 'collaborationist' France – among them Benjamin. The route is long and the advance is slow but the filmmaker (and agronomist) invites the viewer to a generous journey through Europe's historical past, leading to our times where the roads are once again full of refugees.

Director
Fabrizio Ferraro
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Spain, Italy
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
112'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Gli indesiderati d'Europa
Languages
French, Catalan, German
Producers
Lluís Miñarro / Eddie Saeta, Fabio Parente / Passepartout Cooperativa Sociale
Production Companies
Eddie Saeta, Passepartout Cooperativa Sociale
Sales
Eddie Saeta
Screenplay
Fabrizio Ferraro
Cinematography
Giancarlo Leggeri, Simone Borgna
Editor
Fabrizio Ferraro
Production Design
Sebastián Vogler, Marta Reggio
Sound Design
Amanda Villavieja
Music
Pau Riba
Cast
Euplemio Macrì, Catarina Wallenstein, Pau Riba, Bruno Duchêne, Marco Teti