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Matera, the film “Lumina” at the Pesaro Film Festival

By Press release June 09, 2021

The abandoned villages of Basilicata region, together with a series of hidden places in Lazio region, are the background of “Lumina”, the independent and low-budget film by the young director Samuele Sestieri, produced by the new born Studio Ma.Ga.

This small production organization, made up of under 30’s team from different Italian regions, was founded by the author in 2019 in Matera, when the city was the European Capital of Culture.

A small crew with a guerilla and documentary attitude has shot the abandoned villages of Basilicata, the Italian region whose wastelands and crumbling ruins inspired the entire project. Part of the film is shot in different secret places of Lazio. The fragments shot with a mobile phone have no script, they simply follow the couple of actors portraying the everyday life of a love relationship

Lumina is an independent and low budget film produced by the newborn Studio Ma.Ga., founded by director Samuele Sestieri and Pietro Stori, in association with Il Varco, founded by Andrea Gatopoulos and Marco Crispano, and few private citizens who believed in the project.

The film has the moral patronage of the Matera Basilicata 2019 Foundation.

"Lumina" had its world premiere at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, held from 2 to 6 June, as the only Italian film in the "bright future" section dedicated to the most promising emerging talents on the European film scene. It will have its Italian premiere at the 57th Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema di Pesaro - Pesaro Film Festival to be held from 19 to 26 June.

“Lumina for me – says Sestrieri - has always been a modern tale about love and images. It starts as a Sci-Fi documentary to then change into a very personal and intimate coming of age story. The film is rooted in faith towards humble and fiercely low budget cinema taking advantage of the many architectural ghosts around the country to stage the weight of loss, absence and emptiness. The main character touches the objects as if they were memory devices, guardians of a forgotten past: every shot is intended as an act of love towards her, starting from her eyes as an attempt at recreating the feeling of looking around for the first time. She’s the energy source bringing light in a world of ruins”.


A mysterious woman wakes up on a deserted beach. She wanders in a world of ruins while perceiving the memory of objects. Like an energy source, she is able to reactivate technological devices that have been switched off for years. In a ghost town the woman accesses to the digital archive of a smartphone belonged to a young man named Leonardo. She learns about images and sounds and their languages, through the videos portraying the relationship between Leonardo and his partner, she discovers Love.

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