A few years ago, upon reading Giulio Angioni’s "Assandira", I had that same feeling. I was feeling a sensation of frustration and indignation regarding the depiction of the world I belong to: a rural Sardinia, being massacred by the tourist industry, by the idea that it is possible to override anything in the name of easy money, even people’s dignity. That was the initial incentive which drove me to undertake this adventure. But this is just the outer aspect in ASSANDIRA, the sociological part, so to speak. A hidden part which may refer to our private self is never missing within a story, and more than we are willing to admit, attracting us even further, because telling it helps us to make order within our own selves.
Admitting this also signifies feeling utmost consideration for the spectator, whom we shall no longer treat as a stranger to fling a few hours of basic entertainment to, but as someone to elect for listening to our own private sphere.
ASSANDIRA is an itinerary within an understanding of human nature, an attempt to explore the most hidden, silent feelings, which nevertheless end up by moving things and people even when kept at bay.
Who is Mario and Grete in reality, what binds them so profoundly, in spite of their façades?
Is Grete really dominating Mario or is it the other way round? And is Costantino just the noble savage, used as a fairground freak to indulge tourists?
Facts get piled up and confused in his memories, until they lose their straightforwardness. Is he the eyewitness speaking of what took place, or a man pervaded by a sense of guilt?
We shall never know. However, we do know that human nature is the greatest resource for telling a story, even despite the plot, which is an old tool one may only stumble upon.
He returned to the Venice Film Festival in 2010 with TAJABONE, then to the festival’s 2012 Orizzonti section with BELLAS MARIPOSAS, which won the Schermi di Qualità award and ultimately also the Rotterdam Big Screen Award.
2020 - ASSANDIRA
2012 - PRETTY BUTTERFLIES
2010 - TAJABONE
2008 - SONETÁULA
2003 - THREE-STEP DANCE
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Salvatore Mereu
Written by: Salvatore Mereu
Produced by: Elisabetta Soddu, Salvatore Mereu
Cinematography: Sandro Chessa
Editing: Paola Freddi
Production Design: Marianna Sciveres
Costume Design: Salvatore Aresu
Make-Up & Hair: Maria Pilo
Sound: Vincenzo Santo, Corrado Riccomini
Casting: Rossana Patricelli
Cast: Gavino Ledda (Costantino Saru), Anna König (Grete), Marco Zucca (Mario), Corrado Giannetti (judge Pestis), Samuele Mei (Peppe Bellu), Pierluigi Riccio (Professor Riccio), Alessandro Pala (sergeant)
Nominations and Awards
- Feature Film Selection 2021