Official Selection


by Alessandro Cassigoli
Casey Kauffman
Italy, 2021, 81', color
Screenplay: Alessandro Cassigoli, Casey Kauffman, Vanessa Picciarelli
11:45 Sala Perla Press, Industry
17:15 Sala Perla All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
21:00 Cinema Rossini Tickets

Emanuele Pasquet
Alessandro Cassigoli
Giorgio Giampà
Giuseppe D'Amato

Khadija Jaafari (Jamila)
Ikram Jaafari (Angelica)
Maria Amato (Jasmine)

Damiano Ticconi
Ang Film
with Rai Cinema
Arthur Grec
co-produzione co-production
La Mansarde Cinema

italian press office
Viviana Ronzitti

international press office
Gloria Zerbinati

Jamila is an exuberant Moroccan girl with street smarts, who seems to have enormous potential to achieve great things - or else trigger mega-disasters. Californie follows her day in and day out from age 9 to 14, in the small town in southern Italy where she lives, to reconstruct the fascinating personal journey Jamila undertakes - setbacks and detours included - to find her place in the world.



2021 Californie
2018 Butterfly (doc)
2017 The Things We Keep (doc)

"One day, while we were shooting Butterfly, a nine-year-old girl locked gazes with our camera and then vanished. Her gaze was so intense, as was her determination in a scene in which she forcefully expressed her desire to become a boxing champion, that we often lingered on those gazes of hers during the editing of the film. So confident, yet mysterious: what was she looking at? What was she thinking at that very moment? A whole world lay behind that gaze: a tension, a mystery, and - we already knew - a story to be told. []. When we realized she was perfectly capable of handling an entire film, we started working on that story. It would be a story built around her, interweaving aspects of her own life yet not exactly about her real life, which left us the poetic license to craft the film narrative itself." [Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman]

Alessandro Cassigoli and Casey Kauffman started working together in 2015.  Their first film, the documentary The Things We Keep (France, 2017), premiered at Italy's Biografilm Festival in 2018, where it won the Audience Award in the international competition. Their second, Butterfly (Italy, 2018), was selected for Alice nella Città and released in Italy in April 2019. It made the rounds of the international festivals and racked up twelve prizes, including Italy's Globo d'oro for Best Documentary Film. Prior to their collaboration, Cassigoli was based in Berlin and directed six primetime documentaries for ARTE, while Kauffman was employed in the Middle East as a reporter for Al Jazeera.

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