ARTHUR & DIANA

Sara Summa
D, 2023, col., 108’
French – German – Italian o.v.

Italian Premiere

Arthur and Diana are siblings. Together with Diana’s two-year-old son, they leave Berlin for Paris for a short trip for the required annual safety inspection of their rusty old Renault. But their journey will not be relaxed, the direction not Paris and whether the car will go along is all too questionable… World premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2023.

Arthur and Diana are siblings. Together with Diana’s two-year-old son, they leave Berlin for Paris for a short, relaxed trip for the required annual safety inspection of their rusty old Renault. But the journey won’t be relaxed, the direction won’t be Paris and whether the car will go along is definitely questionable. After an encounter with the police, an antagonistic stop at their mother’s place, an overly sensual party, a flat tire, a funeral, and repeated tumultuous car conversations, they will end up all the way down in Italy, with a few more friends and hopes than they had left with. After its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival 2023, Arthur & Diana was then presented at other international festivals including Athens and Mar del Plata in Argentina.

“One way or another, and whether we like it or not, most films are a self portrait— this one is that, but much more radically so. Arthur and Diana’s characters are inspired by my brother and myself, and we also interpret our own alter-egos on screen. The film, however, is a work of fiction and the events and other characters are mainly invented. With this type of auto-fiction, I wanted to try and explore our relationship in a playful way, yet capture the depth of the feelings that both connect and separate us.” (S. Summa)

Sceneggiatura, montaggio / Screenplay, Editing: Sara Summa
Fotografia / Photography: Faraz Fesharaki
Musica / Music: Ben Roessler
Suono / Sound: Nuno Barroso
Scenografia / Art Director: Paula Meuthen
Costumi / Costume Designer: Leonie Minor
Interpreti / Cast: Lupo Piero Summa, Robin Summa, Sara Summa, Livia Antonelli, Claire Loiseau, Benjamin Schwinn, Ugo Fiore, Herward Dunkel, Karine Revelant, Fatah Boudia
Produzione / Produced by: Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), Cecilia Trautvetter, Lisa Roling
Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Rundfunk Berlin- Brandenburg (RBB)
Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Square Eyes

Sara Summa
Film director, screenwriter and editor, Sara Summa was born in 1988 in an Italian family in France. In 2011 she finished her master’s degree in film, for which she studied in France, Italy and the USA. She has lived and worked in Berlin since then, where she studied directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). Her first feature length film The Last to See Them celebrated its world premiere at the 69th Berlinale and screened at numerous festivals worldwide.

2013 Late One Night cm / sf 2014 Ricordi, la spiaggia cm / sf 2015 Contre Les Bonnes Moeurs, La Vie cm / sf 2016 Vers l’océan cm / sf 2017 Grosse Erwartungen cm / sf 2018 Mes amies cm / sf 2019 Gli ultimi a vederli vivere (The Last to See Them) 2021 Wenn in einer Winternacht zwei Reisende cm / sf 2023 Arthur & Diana; Premi / Awards: Seminci Valladolid IFF – Premio speciale della giuria Punto de Encuentro / Special Jury Prize Punto de Encuentro

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