First Feature Competition


Drama, Family, Thriller
International Premiere


Director: Emanuela Rossi
Country: Italy
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:36
Language: Italian
Producer: Claudio Corbucci
Screenwriter: Claudio Corbucci, Emanuela Rossi
DoP: Marco Graziaplena
Editor: Letizia Caudullo
Cast: Valerio Binasco, Denise Tantucci, Gaia Bocci
Production: Courier Film


Darkness is a mixture of genres – a thriller, a sci-fi and a family drama. It’s the story of Stella, a young girl living with her father and two little sisters in an isolated house with bolted windows. There is no sense of time or place. Is this the past? Or the future?

A solar explosion has made it impossible to go outside, food is scarce and you have to fight for survival – at least that’s what their father tells them. He leaves the house every day and returns with scraps of food. But what is really going on?

Stella grows more and more suspicious of her father’s explanations and though scared, she decides to go outside despite her father’s warnings and her sister’s pleas to stay.

Darkness is a tense and thought-provoking film, a dark feminist fairytale. The film was shot entirely on location in Turin. This marks Emanuela Rossi’s directing debut and in it she creates a unique world filled with both terror and joy. This is a story of growing up and becoming a woman that offers no easy answers, yet still gives hope.

Liisi Rohumäe


Emanuela Rossi studied on the Erasmus Programme in Paris for one year (Paris VIII, Saint Denis) and graduated in the history of cinema at DAMS University of Bologna. For several years she worked in Milan as a free lance journalist on the main Italian women’s magazines (Grazia, Marie Claire, Casa Vogue, D-Donna etc). In 2007 she made her first short film, “The Child of Carla”, and won the Arcipelago Film Festival, Cinquina Nastri D’Argento and David di Donatello out of films submitted from all over the world. From 2015 to 2017 she was the co-director of the television series “Non Uccidere” (Thou Shalt not Kill), RAI 3. “Darkness” is her first feature film.
Director's filmography: Buio (Darkness, 2019)

Sat, November 23, 2019


Kino Sõprus, Tallinn

Screening code: 090902
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Q&A guests: Emanuela Rossi, Claudio Corbucci, Denise Tantucci
Screening duration: 02:06
Language: Italian

Wed, November 27, 2019


Athena Keskus, Tartu

Screening code: 131903
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:36
Language: Italian

Fri, November 29, 2019


Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 4, Tallinn

Screening code: 151205
Subtitles: English, Estonian
Screening duration: 01:36
Language: Italian






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