Yuri Ancarani

Italy, France, USA, Qatar, 2021 / 104 min / Italian OV with English or French subtitles / Drama – Documentary

Outside the box

Daniele is a young man who lives in Sant’Erasmo, an island on the edges of the Venice Lagoon. He struggles to make a living. Around him, the other boys are busy worshiping the barchino (motorboats). Daniele dreams of breaking a speed record with his boat in clandestine and extremely dangerous races. Far from the postcard city center of Venice, we follow a vestigial tale of male initiation, that is violent and destined to fail. A true sensory and cinematic experience.

Atlantide is a film that began without a screenplay. The story developed over four years of observation following these young people, their dialogues are taken from their very real lives. This working method gave me the opportunity to go beyond the limits of traditional film design: where first there is writing and then shooting. This way, the film was on hand to record a moment of great change for Venice and her lagoon, from an almost undetectable perspective, one attuned to the outlook of these adolescents. The intent to experience their lives up close, and in their boats, made all the rest possible: the film slowly created itself.”

Director’s statement, Yuri Ancarani

Mon 07/03 19:00 Ciné Utopia IT OV with FR.subt. Public
Wed 09/03 18:30 Cinémathèque IT OV with ENG. subt. Public
Thu 10/03 14:00 Cinémathèque IT OV with ENG. subt. Public
Sun 13/03 20:30 Cinémathèque OV IT with EN subt. Public

"Venice as we’ve never quite seen it on screen before" David Katz, Cineuropa, 02/09/202

“A semi-experimental sucker-punch from the Venetian lagoon.” Boyd van Hoeij, The Film Verdict, 03/09/2021

“The ultimate Venice landscape film. Think beautiful shot after shot of the lagoons, peppered with sun-tanned youths working out their interest in speed (the motoring kind) through boats whizzing across one of the world’s most painterly waterscapes.” Liza Foreman, Variety, 07/09/2021

  • Official Selection, Orrizzonti Section, Venice Film Festival, 2021 (Italy)
  • Official Selection, Masters Section, IDFA, 2021 (The Netherlands)
Cast & Credits
Daniele Barison, Bianka Berényi, Maila Dabalà, Alberto Tedesco, Jacopo Torcellan
Yuri Ancarani
Yuri Ancarani
Yuri Ancarani
Dugong Films (Marco Alessi, Marta Tagliavia) con Rai Cinema, Luxbox, Unbranded Pictures, Alebrije Producciones, Mirfilm

Yuri Ancarani is born in 1972 in Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna (Italy). He is an Italian video artist and filmmaker. His works come from a continuous mingling of documentary cinema and contemporary art. His works have been shown at national and international museums and exhibitions, as well as several film festivals: Venice Film Festival (Venice, Italy), IFFR International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), IDFA International Documentary Film Festival (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Hot Docs (Toronto, Canada), Cinéma du Réel (Centre Pompidou, Paris, France) and SXSW- South by Southwest (Houston, Texas). He has also won several awards such as the Grand Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival.

Atlantide is his latest feature film.

  • 2018 - San Vittore
  • 2017- Whipping Zombie
  • 2016 - The Challenge
  • 2014 - Séance
  • 2013, - Ricordi per Moderni (Memories for Moderns)
  • 2012 - Da Vinci
  • 2011 - Piatta forma Luna (Platform Moon)
  • 2010 - Il Capo (The Chief)