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“The Black Frost” first lab film premiered at the Berlinale's Panorama program

The film, written and directed by the Lab's second edition alumnus, Maximiliano Schonfeld, was shot while Valerio was still working with the Lab and his script editor, Gino Ventriglia.


Earlier this month Valerio arrived to Jerusalem with his producer Emanuele Nespeca and presented a scene from the film in front of the Lab's jury and decision makersNow it has been selected to compete in the International Film Critics’ Week section of the Venice Film Festival.


The inclusion of a Lab developed film into the Venice's program is another one in a line of similar showcases for the Lab's films in leading festivals, including Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance and Pusan.


Maximiliano Schonfeld with his tutor, Gino Ventriglia


The story:

Alejandra, a young woman who seems to be lost, reaches the Lell Brothers farm. She tells them she's come there to die. The brothers make room for her to stay in their house. All around, the fields have been devastated by a frost storm that has been killing the plantations, turning them black. It is due to strike their farm soon.

Meanwhile, Alejandra rummages through every corner, and sends smoke signals. Nobody really understands why she is sending them, but in times of lost hope they start to see her as someone able to make the black frost end. People come around to worship her like a saint. Alejandra takes the opportunity to take money from them. But then slowly she stops rummaging and sending signals.

Alejandra's past is revealed when her band of nomads arrives. But she has changed. They steal, kill and leave. Rain falls. Alejandra has been left alone. There will be no more black frosts this winter. But there will be more saints to worship.

Congratulations and good luck!


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