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Rä di Martino


“The war has begun. Our country is being invaded. They have taken the first swimming pool.” - Eugène Ionesco

A small crew is going around Marrakech and its surroundings looking for swimming pools as locations for the remake of an American movie in which a man crosses a county, pool by pool, to reach his home. Corrado, a ‘stand-in’, tries the shots to find the path through the city and the pools that the main character will run and swim through. At the same time it’s as if the need to become more than just a stand-in takes over him. Corrado feels all the dignity of an actor and he wants to demonstrate he could be as good as any other professional actor. And so, while we observe his struggles, we start seeing the real actors and crew working on set between doubts and shouts. A film looking for where the real film is.


Rä di Martino is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and of the Slade School of Art. After spending a few years in London and New York she now lives and works in Italy. Her films, installations and photos have been shown in many institutions and film festivals including: Moma-PS1, NY; Tate Modern, London; MCA Chicago; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Magasin, Grenoble; Fondazione Sandretto, Turin and HangarBicocca Milan; Artists Space, New York; NiMK Netherlands Media Arts, Amsterdam; the Busan Biennial; Manifesta; the Turin Triennal, Locarno and Torino International Film Festival, Viper Basel and Transmediale Berlin.With the medium length documentary The Show MAS Go On she has participated to the Venice Film Festival 2014, winning the SIAE award and Gillo Pontecorvo award, a special mention at Salina DocFest, and a Nastro d’argento for best doc-film 2015.

Rä di Martino


Written by:
Ra di Martino

Produced by:
Marco Alessi & Ra di Martino for Dugong Films
Beatrice Bulgari for In Between Art Film
Snaporazverein & Produzioni Illuminati

Valeria Golino e Filippo Timi. Corrado Sassi, Younes Bouab, Nadia Kounda, Nisrine Adam, Ahmed Zaitouni.