Films 2015

Banat (Il viaggio)

by Adriano Valerio / Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia 2015 / 84' / In competition

Cast and Credits

Original title / Banat (Il viaggio)

Director / Adriano Valerio

Screenplay / Adriano Valerio, Ezio Abbate

Cinematography / Jonathan Ricquebourg

Editing / Catalin Cristutiu

Music / Assen Avramov

Sound / Pier-Yves Lavoué

Art Direction / Adrian Cristea, Maria Teresa Padula

Costumes / Sabrina Beretta, Angela Tomasicchio

Cast / Edoardo Gabbriellini (Ivo), Elena Radonicich (Clara), Piera Degli Esposti (Mrs. Nitti), Stefan Velniciuc (Ion), Ovanes Torosyan (Christian)

Production / Mario Mazzarotto, Emanuele Nespeca (Movimento Film) con Rai Cinema

Co-production / Ada Solomon (Parada Film), Ivan Tonev (Ars Digital), Dimitar Nikolov (Kt Film and Media). Film recognized of cultural interest with the contribution of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Produced with the contribution of Apulia Film Commission. Developed with the contribution of Media Program.

Press Attaché / Lucrezia VitiLivia Delle Fratte

Format / DCP, color

Runtime / 84 min.


Bari, a city caught in the relentless economic crisis. Ivo is an agronomist, but the lack of opportunities pushes him to accept a job in the fertile region of Banat in Romania. Clara has just ended a relationship and is about to lose her job at the Bari harbor. Ivo and Clara meet by chance and seem to immediately understand each other. They spend only one night together before Ivo’s departure, but that is enough to create a bond and wanting to meet again. When Clara visit him in Romania, they fall in love. But is exile their only way to happiness?

Adriano Valerio

Adriano Valerio, after completing his BA in Law at the Università Statale in Milan and attending Marco Bellocchio’s film workshop, moved to France. He teaches Film Analysis at the International Film School of Paris. Moreover, he collaborates with the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts of Beirut, the Istituto Marangoni and the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris. In 2012 he founded the Camera Mundi association, which organizes film workshops in developing countries. In the same year, he attended the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Locarno Film Academy. His short 37°4S won a Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival (2013) and the David di Donatello Award for Best Italian Short (2014). Banat is his first full-length film.