Shalom Italiaby Lotte Beilin | 26.10.16
Shalom Italia is a story of three Italian Jewish brothers, Bubi, Andrea and Emmanuel who set off on a fascinating journey through the Tuscan countryside, in search of the cave where they hid as children to escape the Nazis. The film is written and directed by Israeli filmaker, Tamar Tal Anati.
Seventy years after walking away from this cave in the Tuscan woods, each brother has a dramatically different story to tell about what he believes happened there, and about what he remembers happened there. Each brother has found a different way to cope with the same experience in order to suit his individual needs and to be able to move forward. But as these three men prepare to climb the mountain together to find the cave that saved their lives, they must face their own demons, question their memories and bring to light a truth they can all live with.
The brothers are on their way to locate the common ground of memory, so the conflicting versions of their stories can lay to rest. Lively, outspoken and polar opposites in their personalities and professional lives, the mens’ complex but loving relationships come to light, while questions arise about the nature of memory.
Their quest, full of tremendous humor, fantastic food and Tuscan landscapes, straddles the boundary between history and myth, both of which really, truly happened. A terrific feature film, Shalom Italia was chosen and will be screened as part of the Best of Fest program at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam this November!