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Derry, Northern Ireland: Roy Arbuckle decides it’s time to challenge one of the monstrosities left by the war: fear. He wants to reunite his former Showband, The Signetts and his formers musicians, now in their seventies, organizing a major dance night and get Protestants and Catholics dancing together again in The Fountain, a dying Protestant ghetto.A colourful, melancholic and ironic musical journey through a ghetto that, even if it find itself in its last dance, it doesn’t want to miss a single step of it  Directed by Alessandro NegriniProduced by Margo Harkin, Besom ProductionsCommissioned by BBCWinner Best Documentary Award at Slow Film Festival, Eger (Hungary)
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PARADISO directed by Alessandro Negrini

Film
Film
Language: 
English
Other languages or subtitles: 
English
Production country: 
Ireland
Running time (In minutes): 
60
Theme: 
Documentary
Category/Format: 
Documentaries
Student film: 
No
Poster: 
Alessandro Negrini Paradiso: Roy Arbuckle in The Mem
Production year: 
January, 2009
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Italian film director and poet. Born in Turin, he defines himself a Film Director by mistake. He spent much of the late 1990s traveling Europe writing and in 2001 he moved to Northern Ireland. His most acclaimed work has dealt with social exclusion, and homelessness. His works combine documentaries, fiction and poetry. Among his films: Immagini – Mad Portraits (1998), inspired by the work of R.D. Laing English psychiatrist, campaigner and poet and the 1980s’ Franco Basaglia’s law reform of the oppressive Italian psychiatric health system; Posta Prioritaria (Priority Mail, 2000) based on epistolary material from various intellectuals and artists from England, Hungary and Italy living during Nazism and Fascism; The House of Phrases (2001); Lies and Waves (2003) a film on the thin border between madness and normality and Memories of Ice and Fire (2006). In 2008 he directed Paradiso, a feature documentary on the lives of The Fountain estate in Derry, Northern Ireland. Produced by Margo Harkin (Besom Productions) and commissioned by BBC. Winner of Best Documentary Prize at Slow Film Festival of Eger (Hungary)

Film director: 
Alessandro Negrini
Producer: 
Margo Harkin
About the Producer: 
Her work as a Producer/Director has spanned many genres from short film, to feature film, to long and short format social issue documentary, to arts documentary and education series. Her award winning first film `HUSH-A-BYE BABY’ has been distributed worldwide and has been widely anthologised. It features in curricula for Media Studies and Irish Studies in universities and colleges in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France and America.
Screenplay: 
Alessandro Negrini
Editing: 
Luca Benetti, Claire O'Neill
Film photographer: 
Odd Geir Sæther
Sound: 
Kevin McCarthy, Eamonn McKenna
Music: 
John Trotter, Roy Arbuckle
Cast 1: 
May Hamilton
Cast 2: 
Kathleen McKane
Cast 3: 
Roy Arbuckle
Cast 4: 
The Signetts Showband
Film synopsis: 
Derry, Northern Ireland: Roy Arbuckle decides it’s time to challenge one of the monstrosities left by the war: fear. He wants to reunite his former Showband, The Signetts and his formers musicians, now in their seventies, organizing a major dance night and get Protestants and Catholics dancing together again in The Fountain, a dying Protestant ghetto. A colourful, melancholic and ironic musical journey through a ghetto that, even if it find itself in its last dance, it doesn’t want to miss a single step of it
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Digital / DVD
Format Ratio: 
16;9
Film Sound: 
Dolby SR
Video master available ?: 
Yes
Video Type: 
Digibeta
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

Mid Ulster Film Festival (UK), A Film for Peace film Festival (Italy), Documentary in Europe (Italy), Slow Film Festival (Hungary), Monterrey Film Festival (Mexico), Global Cinema Festival (India), Wurzburg International Film Festival (Germany), Dhaka International Film Festival (Bangladesh), Vibgyor International Film Festival (India), Capewineland Film Festival (South Africa), Arcipelago Rome Film Festival (Italy), River Film Festival (Italy), Chichester Film Festival (UK), Jasi International Film Festival (Romania), We The Peoples Film Festival, London, Kathmandu International Film Festival (Nepal)  

Awards received: 
<p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> <span style="font-size: small; font-family: Times New Roman">Best Documentary Award, Slow Film Festival, Eger – Hungary, Best Documentary Award, Global Cinema Festival, Indore – India, Audience Award, Wurzburg International Film Festival – Germnay, Best Documentary Award, Dhaka International Film Festival – Bangladesh, Best Documentary Award – ARCIPELAGO ROME FILM FESTIVAL - (Italy), Best Documentary Award – River Film Festival, Padoa (Italy), Audience Award - Chichester International Film Festival</span>, Best Film in Category &quot;Rapproachment of Cultures&quot;, We The People ilm Festival, London. </p> <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt" class="MsoNormal"> Best Film of the Festival, We The People Film festival , London </p>
Film distribution
TV: 
Already Secured
Sales/distribution name: 
Besom Productions
Address: 
26-28 Bishop Street within, Derry BT48 6PP Northern Ireland
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Besom Productions
publicity address: 
26-28 Bishop Street within, Derry BT48 6PP Northern Ireland
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Comments (3)

Bellissimo!

Wonderful, the two old ladies are just amazing, a complete different film about the Troubles compared from the usual stuff.... emotional and ironic.

Touchful and hilarious

I saw the film first on BBC then in Chichester were it won audience award. A piece of poetry, malinchonic but with a hope inside. The tango music works beautifully along with the cinematograhy. A "Must See" documentary.

Great Film Documentary

Faboulous film! Delicate, funny and full of poetry!

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