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Giulio Pereno
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Giulio Pereno was born in 1996 in Venice, precisely in the Cannaregio sestiere. He spends the first years of
his life in the Fondamente Nove and later on in San Marco, on Calle Fiubera, where his parents ran and art
workshop and he was initiated to painting. After completing classical studies, he moved to Berlin. In 2016
he starts traveling alone: he explores East Germany, from Straslund to Dresden; he crosses the Baltic
countries and Poland. For four months he travels by bicycle: northern France, Spain, Portugal and finally
Morocco, finding shelter on the street with a sleeping bag and a tent. He currently lives and works in Turin.
“Women that Travel Alone” is his first documentary film.
Film Festivals partecipations:
Women that travel alone, Winner Best Indipendent Movie, Benevento Film Festival (BCT) – Italy
COMUNICATO STAMPA “DONNE CHE VIAGGIANO SOLE” (da inserire nella sezione news)
Press release - “Women that Travel Alone” by Giulio Pereno
On the [date] [time], the director Giulio Pereno is introducing the special event dedicated to the film
“Women that Travel Alone”. Its showing is going to take place at [place] in Turin. [event] will follow.
“A single tear is the note of our art” [Women that Travel Alone]
What is travel? In its documentary “Voyage in Time”, Andrej Tarkovskij states that “Only one kind of
journey is possible: the one we undertake to our inside world. From running about on the surface of the
planet, we don’t learn much. Nor do I believe that one travels in order to return. Man can never return to
his point of departure, because he himself, in the meantime, changes”. That is what happens in “Women
that Travel Alone”; written, edited and directed by Giulio Pereno. The film deals with travelling not only in
its literal and physical means, but also as an imaginative time for introspection, a metaphor. The film
production took place in Italy and Germany and it was shot between Turin, Bologna, Berlin, Brighton, Paris
and Bruxelles; “Women that Travel Alone” is centered on a female-only point of view. Through the
expedient of interviews, seventeen women from different countries (Italy, Czech Republic, France, Belgium,
China, Switzerland, San Marino, Ireland, United Kingdom, Wales, U.S.A.) openly speak to the camera about
their journeys and the related physical and emotive experiences: from one city to another through different
cultures, travelling feeds curiosity with joy and sorrows and fosters personal growth, which is made of
independence and desire for freedom in all its possible variations. Every interview is preceded by a
monologue voiced by the actress Dariya Trubina. What is the origin of this idea? “It all started in Turin, in a
tiny white room I was staying in for a few months. I wrote six monologues that were addressed to my
mother (for technical purposes, only five of them are featured in the film) and I imagined that each one of
them happened in a different room in the house” says Giulio Pereno. So, through Dariya’s figure, the
director reveals himself, starting an investigation on himself that involves and envelops the spectator inside
his soul. The chromatic aspect plays a non-secondary role in “Women that Travel Alone”: green, red, blue
and orange enhance our visual perception and play within the opposites rule, which is a film’s leitmotiv. For
example as it happens in a brilliant, ironic and surreally playful dialogue that takes place between two
puppets on a train, written by Gaia Campesato (who also took care of three of the Brighton’s interviews,
the screenplay overhaul and is the assistant director for some scenes). The film structure itself has its
foundations in the opposites rule and notably draws inspiration from the sonata form, a classical musical
structure: “my intention was to use the musical sonata form for my film and to assign the film plot with the
actress to the A-theme and the documentary plot with the interviewed women to the B-theme. This is the
film structure explained and this is the reason for the word “movements” usage (there are three of them:
Words, Sounds, Images)” specified the director. “Women that Travel Alone” is a survey aimed at exploring
physical and tangible boundaries, but also a journey into oneself, a film that can lend itself to several keys
of interpretation. The music was composed by Massimiliano Alfì. It is dedicated to Selina, the director’s
mother.
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