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Synopsis: In extreme places, everything is far away. Never enough. Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitzbergen in the Svalbard archipelago is the northernmost inhabited place in Europe, while the southernmost one is La Restinga on the island of El Hierro, the smallest of the seven Canary islands. Two distant islands, on opposite sides, which are the opposite of everything but can be the same thing. They are the places where apparently nothing happens that requires more personality. This is a journey in search of the essence of Europe seen from its extreme borders. Inside landscapes slipped into the people who live them. There must be a place where what you have been and what you want to be in dialogue with each other.

Genre

Documentary

Language

English, Italian, Norwegian

Run Time

88 minutes

Directed by

Alberto Meroni

Written by

Paolo Taggi

Director's Bio

DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER Born in Switzerland in 1978, he works as a director and producer of feature films, documentaries, advertising and television programs. Professionally active since 1996 he took his first steps in the television environment as a self-taught and stands out for creativity and ability. At the beginning of the digital era, a long-lasting collaboration began with the Swiss producer and director Villi Hermann, Alberto was responsible for filming and editing his acclaimed documentaries. Follows a ten-year practicum in the documentary field, producing dozens of documentaries for other authors. In 2008 he made his first short “Ombre” which received many awards and distinguished in over 150 international festivals. In 2013 he self-produces and directs his first feature film “La Palmira – Ul Film”, a comedy that become a great success: in the Italian part of Switzerland it is the most watched Swiss film ever, and has been elected the event of the year by the retrospective of the Swiss Public Television (RSI LA1 – Il Quotidiano 31.12.2013). In 2016 he produced “Arthur” a Web Series directed by Nick Rusconi and written by Chloe de Sousa, defined as the best Web Series in the “Web Series World Cup 2016” rating. In 2017 he self-produces and directs another comedy “Frontaliers Disaster”. This is his fourth feature film it gets a huge success: is the most watched Swiss film ever and reaches third place in the overall ranking of Italian Switzerland. He is the owner of the production company INMAGINE SA whose studios are in Mendrisio where he produces from 50 to 100 audiovisual productions a year; programs and content for Swiss television, advertisements and promotional films for multinational companies. He participates in the teaching of shooting and editing techniques at the International Conservatory of Audiovisual Sciences (CISA) in Locarno, and at the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) in Lugano.

Country of Origin

Switzerland

Production Year

2019

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