2087. Vera and Roberta are two “Abjurants”, meaning women who refused to adhere to the Eugenics Programme imposed by the Government and who have been consequently confined to an unknown location and used as test subjects. Their only purpose in life is recalling to mind their lovers’ facets.
International Title The Abjurants Year of production 2019 Length 15 min Country Italy ShootingFormat Alexa 2K Aspect Ratio 2.39:1 Sound 5.1 Dialogue Italian
DirectorAntonio De Palo Producers Francesco Lattarulo, Angelo Troiano, Piero Rossi, Antonio De Palo, Giampietro Preziosa ProductionAssedio Film, Mediterraneo Cinematografica in collaboration with Inthelfilm Writer Antonio De Palo, Piero Rossi Cinematographer Valerio Coccoli Editor Julien Panzarasa Art Director Francesco Arrivo Costume Designer Bianca Maria Gervasio Sound Design Thomas Giorgi Assistant Director Angela Bulleri Music Giovanni Astorino Cast Valeria Solarino, Claudia Potenza, Antonio De Matteo, Michelangelo Dalisi Festival Selections World Premiere
Website Assedio Film Mediterraneo Cinematografica Inthelfilm Director's Statement The film triggers a reflection on the theme of “Eugenics” – a discipline that suggested the improvement of the human species through the same scientific methods used for the selection of animals and plants. Through history the adoption of eugenics’ ideas within politics generated dangerous activities aiming at the reproduction of positive human beings and consequently to the elimination of those subjects considered negative or undesirable (i.e. the programme titled “AKTION T4” practiced by Germany during the Nazi Regime). The desire to apply and ideologically pursue “perfection” is to not be confined to the realm of human history but to be embedded in the current socio-cultural context. Scientific developments within contemporary society characterised by egoistic attitudes brought back up the theme of “Eugenics” theories, consequently highlighting the ethical argument between applying scientific discoveries and projecting the myth of “perfection”. The film positions itself within this ethical debate focusing on that subtle red line where man’s actions diminish his human condition.