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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2012 - 14.24 July

Sections & Films


Category: Edition 2012

“Sand is an obvious metaphor since I am not stable; it takes only a tiny impulse and my sense of being crumbles. Sometimes I feel just like that, as though I’ve fallen into a thousand bits”. A perceptive and compassionate incursion into the hidden world of a teenage girl suffering from autism and multiple disabilities.



"La sabbia è una metafora evidente dal momento che io non sono stabile; basta un minimo impulso e il mio essere si sbriciola. A volte mi sento proprio così, come se fossi frantumata in mille pezzi”. Una incursione percettiva e compassionevole nel mondo segreto di un’adolescente affetto da autismo e disabilità multiple.


Original Title VERONIKA
Category Out of competition
Section Amnesty in Shorts
Tipology Short Film
Duration 7'
Production Year 2011
Nationality Germany
Directed by Mark Michel
Based on the book Vronis Wunder – sprachlos wortreich
by Veronika Raila


mark-michel-003Mark Michel
Mark Michel grew up in a small village in Saxony, in Germany. Worked for several years as a freelance writer for the German public radio and as a filmmaker for MDR, ARTE and 3sat. Before that he studied in Jena, Leipzig, Bath (UK) and Toronto (Canada) Sociology and International Politics and in Weimar Visual Communication. Since then he has worked as a freelance filmmaker. He directed the documentaries: INTENSIV (2003), TANZ MIT DER ZEIT (2007), U CAN’T TOUCH THIS (2010), DIE REGIERUNG (2011), VERONIKA (2011).


Mark Michel
Mark Michel è cresciuto in un piccolo villaggio in Sassonia, in Germania. Ha lavorato per diversi anni come scrittore freelance per la radio pubblica tedesca e come regista per la MDR, ARTE e 3sat. Precedentemente ha studiato Sociologia e Politiche Internazionali a Jena, Lipsia, Bath (UK) e Toronto (Canada), e Comunicazione Visiva a Weimar. Ha lavorato come regista free-lance e diretto i documentari: INTENSIV (2003), TANZ MIT DER ZEIT (2007), U CAN’T TOUCH THIS (2010), DIE REGIERUNG (2011), VERONIKA (2011).


sand art
Anne Löper
Veronika Raila

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