Toronto International Film Festival - Contemporary World Cinema
Victoria Film Festival: In Competition
Italian Golden Globe: Best Actress (Asia Argento)
Italian Film Festival - Australia
Cairo International FIlm Festival: World Cinema
Rencontres du Cinéma Italien : Special Mention

Our films

original titleIsole
international titleIslands
directed byStefano Chiantini
screenplayStefano Chiantini, Giuliano Miniati

Asia Argento, Giorgio Colangeli, Ivan Franek, Anna Ferruzzo, Pascal Zullino

cinematographyVladan Radovic
editingLuca Benedetti, Cristina Flamini
set designLudovica Ferrario
costume designSusanna Mastroianni, Francesca Tessari
musicPiernicola Di Muro
soundTullio Morganti
producerSelvaggia Sada, Gianluca Arcopinto
productionObraz Film
co-productionIN.PAR S.a.s., S.I.P. S.r.l.,
supported byApulia Film Commission
world salesEllipsis Media International
film run92'
aspect ratio1:2:35
soundDolby Digital
available format35mm, DCP, DIgibeta, DvD - with english subtitles
festival & awardsToronto International Film Festival - Contemporary World Cinema;
Victoria Film Festival: In Competition;
Italian Golden Globe: Best Actress (Asia Argento);
Italian Film Festival - Australia;
Cairo International FIlm Festival: World Cinema;
Rencontres du Cinéma Italien : Special Mention;

Islands tells the story of the meeting of three solitudes, and the first stirrings of a love born of shy glances and awkward approaches. The story unfolds under the roof of a parsonage on the Tremiti islands. Here, thanks to a series of coincidences, Ivan, an illegal immigrant; Martina, a young woman who has lost her ability to speak; and Father Enzo, Martina's elderly guardian, will end up living together, all three of them unusual characters living on the margins of society. We will see their relationships growing almost effortlessly: the friendship between the old priest and the foreigner, but especially the love between Ivan and Martina, strongly opposed by the self-interested, mean-spirited environment that surrounds them. Yet amazingly, it is in the unlikely alliance with the old priest/putative father, initially outraged by and fearful of their love, who eventually has a change of heart and takes their side, that Ivan and Martina will find their only defender.  It is this alliance that legitimizes and dignifies their love.