Dir. Luca Magi - 2018 - Italy - Language: Italian - Subtitles available in: English, French
Rostom is a night shelter for homeless people located on the outskirts of a big Italian city. In the dark of the night, the faces of the people who stay there for just one night and the faces of those who have made the place their home are illuminated by the glow of cigarettes and their voices can be heard. Men and women with difficult pasts are exiled to a present life of perpetual waiting. A lost galaxy in which both the past and the future seem out of reach.
"For years I have worked as both a director and a social worker and for the last five years I have worked at Rostom in Bologna. I’ve had the opportunity to get to know hundreds of people who have stayed in the shelter and to share intimate details of their lives. The shelter can be a rough and difficult place, the guests are mostly lonely and marginalised people. I find it striking that behind the fragility of these men and women, behind their solitude there is a hidden depth: a sense of rebellion, something futile and often destructive, but at the same time, when seen from up close, as in my case, able to reveal the true essence of things, able to transmit something moving and vital." Luca Magi