Date: 23 January 2023 (ended)
Time: 20:00
Category: Film


(The Adventures of Gigi the Law)
Alessandro Comodin

Italia – Francia – Belgio / Italy – France – Belgium
2022, HD, col., 102’
v.o. italiana – friulana / Italian – Friulian o.v.

Sceneggiatura / Screenplay: Alessandro Comodin. Fotografia / Photography: Tristan Bordmann. Montaggio / Editing: João Nicolau, Teixeira Ricardo. Suono / Sound: Julien Courroye, Ingrid Simon, Emmanuel De Boissieu. Scenografia / Art Director: Tiziana De Mario. Costumi / Costume Designer: Tiziana De Mario. Interpreti / Cast: Pier Luigi Mecchia, Ester Vergolini, Annalisa Ferrari, Tomaso Cecotto, Massimo Piazza. Produzione / Produced by: Okta Film, Idéale Audience, Michigan Films. Coproduzione / Co-produced by: Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Shelter Prod. In collaborazione con / In collaboration with: Rai Cinema. Con il sostegno di / Supported by: Aide aux Cinémas du Monde –  Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée et Institut Français, Fondo per l’Audiovisivo del Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Film Commission, Centre du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel –  Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Procirep, Angoa, e ing, Tax shelter du gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique, Fondo di co-sviluppo Italia-Francia, Ministero della Cultura/Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Fonds d’aide à l’innovation audiovisuelle, Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée, “Brouillon d’un reve” – SCAM. Distribuzione internazionale / World Sales: Shellac Films.

Gigi is a police officer in a countryside where nothing ever happens. One day however, a young girl throws herself under a train. This is not the first time. Facing this unexplainable suicide wave, Gigi starts investigating a strange world, between reality and fantasy, where a garden turns into a jungle and where an ever-smiling policeman keeps his heart open to love.
The film premiered in competition at the latest Locarno Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Prize.

“It’s been 30 years since I was a child climbing trees. Those trees have grown, as have I, and the iron farm tools have rusted, as has my hair; but nothing has changed much in this garden, for the caretaker of this paradise isn’t just anybody, it’s Gigi. He and I share the feeling that the world is a densely grown garden, crowded with trees, sometimes boundless and sometimes closed off by barbed wire and borders, a benevolent place to defend, constantly under threat… Outside of his garden, for his entire life Gigi has been a local traffic cop, a simple, quaint law enforcement officer in this remote area. More than anything, this film is a portrait of Gigi, and therefore it could only be a detective film. A detective film that resembles its subversive and original, authentic and disarming, gentle and provocative main character. Gigi wonders and investigates, overwhelmed by his curiosity… Sincerely and fearlessly, he lets himself be observed. Through his eyes, we see and experience a little bit of his plant-filled world and there, with him, we share the mysteries that obsess him, the passions that move him and that spontaneous, forthright laughter.” (A. Comodin)

Alessandro Comodin
Alessandro Comodin is an Italian director born in 1982 in a small village in Friuli who studied cinema in Brussels. He lives in Paris, but he likes to shoot his films in the region where he comes from, Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the north-east of Italy, in the countryside and in the forest. This is where he feels comfortable doing his work. He has made three films for the cinema and he has never been able to say whether they are fictions or documentaries.

filmografia scelta / selected filmography
Jagdfieber (La febbre della caccia) doc. cm / sf 2011 L’estate di Giacomo (Summer of Giacomo); Premi / Awards: Locarno FF – Pardo d’oro nella sezione “Cineasti del presente” / “Cineasti del presente” Golden Leopard 2016 I tempi felici verranno presto (Happy Times Will Come Soon); Premi / Awards: Cannes, Semaine de la Critique – Prix Beatrice Sartori de la Critique indépendante 2019 Fleurs Blanches  mm / ml 2022 Gigi la legge (The Adventures of Gigi the Law); Premi / Awards: Locarno FF – Premio speciale della giuria / Special Jury Prize