A film by Luca Vitione in the municipal cinema City 46
On May 25, 2019, the Italian artist Luca Vitone and his crew set off from Bologna to Chandigarh to trace the migration of the Rom * nja people from northwest India to Europe at the end of the first millennium. The film, a real road movie, begins symbolically with the frescoes by the first Roma painter, Antonio Solario, known as the Zingaro. In two vans, the crew crossed the Balkans, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and Pakistan in almost two months to reach India. She interviews Rom * nja who live in these countries: the Croatian Parliamentary Minister Veljko Kajtazi, the activist Lilyana Kovatcheva, the journalist Orhan Galjus, the musician and teacher Santino Spinelli and many others. Moments of life alternate with views of the many landscapes crossed. The film tells the story of a people without a state or an army that has not found a place to gather since the diaspora, but is characterized by a strong identity. The title Romanistan is derived from Manush Romanov’s idea of a utopian nation of Rome*nja.
Romanistan is part of the solo exhibition Power by Luca Vitone in the Weserburg Museum of Modern Art (until August 15), an exhibition as part of Smell it! Smell in art – ten exhibitions in eight museums from May 2021 in the state of Bremen.
Italy, 2019, 73 min
With English subtitles
Direction and script: Luca Vitone
Cinematography and color correction: Pietro de Tilla
Sound and editing: Elvio Manuzzi
Production management: Daniele Gasparinetti
Location: Kommunalkino City 46, Birkenstrasse 1, 28195 Bremen
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Film with English subtitles.