Nel profondo paese straniero

Nel profondo paese straniero

a film by Fabio Carpi
Italy/France/Switzerland 1997, 35mm, 102′, o.v. Italian/French

Festivals & Prizes

David of Donatello 1997 – Best Screenplay Award
21. Festival Montréal, 1997 – Grand Prize of the Jury, Best Screenplay Award and the FIPRESCI Award
19. Festival des Mondes of Arcachon 1997 – “Makhila d’or” Award


René, an elderly, nearly blind writer (freely based on Borges), travels the world giving conferences, accompanied by the young and beautiful Sibilla. She is his eyes and last link to the outside world.
Even though she loves him profoundly, the exuberance of youth leads her to be unfaithful to him on a regular basis. The story takes place in various countries taking the protagonists from Rome to Madrid, from Zurich to Bavaria.
In Seville, the woman takes a fancy to Manuel Fernandez, a young bullfighter, who captures as well, the fancy of the elderly writer, leading to an unexpected love triangle…


“From the existential poetic vein of Fabio Carpi, another page to be added to his film works consisting of internal special effects, of silences, and with enormous human consistency and expression.”


“A film that is different, stoic, rigorous, coherent.”


Claude Rich, Valeria Cavalli, Gregoire Colin, Dufilho Jacques
Fabio Carpi
Amka Films/Switzerland, Gam Film/Italy
Swiss distribution:
Columbus Film
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