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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 2018 - 20.28 july

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 2018

PRIMAS is an evocative portrait of two cousins, Rocío and Aldana, Argentinian teenagers who, in the wake of heinous acts of violence that interrupted their childhoods, will free themselves from the shadows of their past. Traveling in Argentina and Canada the girls come of age having revelatory experiences in their everyday lives; learning dance, mime, theatre, circus and visual arts. They express through their bodies what only their imagination, their unique perspective and their unshakable resilience can reveal.

Original Title PRIMAS
Category Official Competition
Section GEx Doc
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 100'
Production Year 2017
Nationality Argentina, Canada
Directed by Laura Bari
Screenplay Laura Bari
Director of photography Laura Bari, Glauco Bermudez
Editor Laura Bari, Martina Moor
Music Florencia Di Concilio, Marco Liy, Juan Pablo Fernandez
Main cast Rocío Álvarez
Aldana Bari Gonzalez
Produced by Andreas Mendritzki, Laura Bari

 regista Laura BariLAURA BARI
Originally from Argentina, self-taught filmmaker Laura Bari currently resides in Montreal. Fascinated by singularity and difference, she chose film as a way to merge arts, culture and mental health. ANTOINE (2009), her first full-length film, about the imaginary life of a blind boy, was shown at some 30 festivals around the world, winning 15 prizes. Her second film, ARIEL (2013), is about a man who rebuilds his identity after a terrible accident. PRIMAS completes her trilogy, revealing once again the power of imagination through her unique artistic approach.

Director’s statement
Fascinated by singularity and difference, I chose film as a way to merge arts, culture, education and mental-health issues. My films aim to consolidate the split between the real and the imaginary, a duality that is an integral part of the human condition – particularly so for the everyday unknown heroes that are the films’ protagonists. Their universes inspire me to tell stories that are beautiful and ugly, despairing and joyful, necessary and uncertain.  With PRIMAS (2017) I complete a trilogy of feature documentary films, (ANTOINE – 2009; ARIEL -2013) to not only build a zone of common consciousness but also to allow the process of metamorphosis-trough-art to be true; poetry imbues hope in the midst of devastation.


festival contact
Beso Film
GreenGround Productions

world sales
First Hand Films