The Order of Things
by Andrea Segre
Corrado is a high-ranking official at Italy’s Ministry of the Interior, specialized in international missions to combat illegal immigration.
The Italian government has chosen him to deal with a thorny problem affecting Europe’s borders: illegal trips from Libya to Italy. Corrado’s mission is highly complex; post-Kaddafi Libya is afflicted by deep internal tensions and the task of bringing together Libya in its present situation and Italian and European interests seems impossible. Corrado, along with his Italian and French colleagues, navigates among the corridors of power, the ports and immigration detention centers.
He is very tense and becomes even more so when he breaks one of the fundamental rules of self-defense of the people who fight immigration – never meet migrants, never consider them anything other than numbers. Instead, Corrado meets Swada, a Somali woman who is trying to escape from the Libyan detention center and cross the sea in order to join her husband in Europe.
How can he reconcile State law and the human instinct to help a person in difficulty?
Corrado searches for an answer in his private life but his state of crisis becomes increasingly severe and insinuates itself dangerously into the order of things.
Three years ago, when I began to work on this film, I didn’t know that things between Italy and Libya would have gone exactly the way we have recounted them, but unfortunately, I imagined they might.
For many months, Marco Pettenello and I met with a few “real Corrados” and as we spoke with them I sensed that Italy was preparing to send migrants back to the Libyan detention centers. No one said so publicly but now, when the film is being released, it’s all being done in broad daylight. I hope the movie will help people reflect on what is going on nowadays and on the long-lasting consequences we will experience for years to come.
In fact, I believe that many of us share Corrado’s circumstances, in this era which seems to have metabolized injustice. The tension between Europe and immigration is calling into question the very identity of Europe. Corrado and his story recount this identity crisis. Through him, his discipline and his emotional tension, I have searched for these same aspects of our civilization and our time.
We are fully aware that we are abdicating our principles by denying rights and freedoms to human beings outside our space, but we try to not say so or even to be proud of it. This is the crisis which guided me, ethically and esthetically, as I recounted Corrado’s world, a world as reassuring as it is disturbing.
Country: Italy, France
Director: Andrea Segre
Screenplay : Marco Pettenello, Andrea Segre
Director of photography: Valerio Azzali
Sound: Alessandro Zanon, Alessandro Palmerini
Editor: Benni Atria
Sound Editor: Riccardo Spagnol
Mix: Paolo Segat
Music: Sergio Marchesini
Production design: Leonardo Scarpa
Costume design: Silvia Nebiolo
Paolo Pierobon (Corrado Rinaldi)
Giuseppe Battiston (Luigi Coiazzi)
Valentina Carnelutti (Cristina)
Olivier Rabourdin (Gérard)
Fabrizio Ferracane (Terranova)
Yusra Warsama (Swada)
Roberto Citran (Grigoletto)
Fausto Russo Alesi (Il Ministro)
Hossein Taheri (Mustafa Abdelladib)
A production: JOLEFILM with RAI CINEMA
in coproduction with: MACT Productions,
SOPHIE DULAC PRODUCTIONS
With the support of: Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo – Direzione Generale Cinema
With the support of: Regione del Veneto – Fondo regionale per il cinema e l’audiovisivo and with the support of Regione Lazio – Fondo regionale per il cinema e l’audiovisivo
With the support of Regione Siciliana and Sicilia Film Commission – Sensi Contemporanei Cinema
With the participation of AIDE AUX CINÉMAS DU MONDE, CENTRE NATIONAL DU CINÉMA ET DE L’IMAGE ANIMÉE, INSTITUT FRANÇAIS
In association with COFINOVA 14
Developed with the support of Fondo bilaterale per lo sviluppo di coproduzioni di opere cinematografiche italo-francesi
74th Venice International Film Festival