Lost Flowers

Fabrizio Maltese

Luxembourg, 2021 / 72 min / Italian OV with French or English subt. / Documentary

March 2020. Fabrizio, a photographer and filmmaker who lives in Luxembourg, returns to his family in central Italy after his father suffers a heart attack. It’s the beginning of the pandemic; the country is in lockdown.  A tale of the soul and personal hardship in the context of a broader collective tragedy. An intimate diary and an ode to filial love in the face of the most trying circumstances a son can face.

"I fiori persi was born out of a personal tragedy, set against the backdrop of a collective tragedy: Covid. (...) It’s an ode to love, a lifeline thrown into the sea of distress and a portrait of a man who has become a survivor in spite of himself.” Director’s statement, Fabrizio Maltese

Fri 04/03 21:15 Cinémathèque IT OV with FR subt. Public
Sat 05/03 16:00 Ciné Utopia IT OV with FR subt. Public
Wed 09/03 18:30 Ciné Utopia IT OV with ENG subt. Public
  • Official selection, Competition, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2021 (Greece)
Cast & Credits
Fabrizio Maltese, Stephan Roelants
Fabrizio Maltese
Qutaiba Barhamji
Manuel Vidal
Emre Sevindik
Joli Rideau Media, Mélusine Productions
Joli Rideau Media, Mélusine Productions

Fabrizio Maltese is a European freelance photographer and documentary filmmaker. He is Italian-born, Paris- and Luxembourg-based. His celebrity portraits have graced the covers of magazines including The Hollywood Reporter, GQ, Sight & Sound, Rolling Stone, Studio Ciné Live, Filmkrant and many others. He’s the only photographer to have won the Venice Movie Stars Photography Award twice. His distinctive portraits have been showcased in numerous solo exhibitions around the world. They include “Faces of French Cinema” (2008), “Role/Play” (exhibition organized during the Luxembourg City Film Festival, 2012) and “V.I.P. Area” (2013). He is currently working on a new exhibition, “Up Close”. As a stills photographer, he has worked on some twenty European arthouse films. As a director, cinematographer and producer, he made the documentary features Twenty-Five Palms (2015) and 50 Days in the Desert (2016). California Dreaming (2019), premiered at the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in 2019 and also played at festivals including Reykjavik, Tallinn Black Nights, Cleveland, Transylvania, and Galway and also at the Luxembourg City Film Festival. In 2021, he has two new documentary features ready: I fiori persi / Lost Flowers, and Visage(s) d'Afrique (working title), a cinematic portrait of Mauritania.

  • 2021 - Visage(s) d’Afrique (working title)
  • 2021 - I Fiori persi
  • 2019 - California Dreaming
  • 2016 - 50 Days in the Desert
  • 2015 - Twenty-Five Palms