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Locarno Residency 2023 | Switzerland
Valentina Shasivari was born in Locarno in 1992. After a Masters in Art History and Social Anthropology at the University of Bern, she obtained a Masters in Film Direction at ECAL/HEAD in 2022. Her films often focus on the relationship between places and the people who inhabit them and the way they transform each other, between belonging and alienation. She lives and works between German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino. Her latest short film, Mountain Flesh, screened at various international festivals, such as IDFA, Regard Saguenay and Solothurn.
2021 Apprenti fleuriste
2021 Nature Morte: Entretien avec Stephan Eicher
2022 Mountain Flesh
A lake invaded by giant mussels and a private property, La Perla, as places of meeting and confrontation between two very different kids.
With this film I want to propose a reflection on property and the spaces we inhabit, between belonging and extraneousness. Who does this place belong to? While Helga is the titular owner of the house, it is above all Elena, the caretaker's daughter, who lives there. It’s the story of a fragile friendship on a journey of exploration on the border between land and lake.