A young woman, on the run and traumatized into silence, and an undocumented immigrant from the Ivory Coast team up for protection as they travel across a bleak Sardinia.
Set among the breathtaking landscapes of Sardinia, Twin Flower is a powerful, intense, but intimate portrait of a blossoming love and a violent reality. Anna (Anastasiya Bogach) is a young girl running away from a violent event, Basim (Kalil Kone) is an undocumented immigrant who escaped to Italy on a boat looking for freedom and a new life. They are both outcasts, young and alone, and both pursued: Anna by a human trafficker obsessed with her, Basim by the Italian police. Director Laura Luchetti's approach is realism and simplicity; she cast two first-time actors (Kone arrived in Italy a couple of weeks before shooting began) and used their own stories to mold the narrative and make it real. She addresses the question of immigration in Italy—a massive political issue, exploited by fear-mongering politicians for the past decade—through the stories of Anna and Basim. Visually, Twin Flower relies on the brutal beauty of the Sardinian landscape to highlight the toughness of their lives and their sentimental evolution—a crucial aspect of the film, Luchetti says, because as Anna and Basim become close, their strength grows and their fear disappears: They are stronger together and need each other to survive the harsh reality that tries to crush their love.
Laura Luchetti has directed short films, music videos, commercials, documentaries, and theater productions. She worked on several major films—including positions as a production secretary on The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and as Russell Crowe's assistant on Proof Of Life (2000) before shifting her focus to directing, starting with behind-the-scenes documentaries for Anthony Minghella's 2003 film Cold Mountain. She has created stop-motion animation films and made her feature directorial debut with 2010's Hayfever.
Sponsored by Seattle - Perugia Sister City Association
- Original Language Title: Fiore Gemello
- Director: Laura Luchetti
- Principal Cast: Anastasiya Bogach, Kalil Kone, Aniello Arena, Giorgio Colangeli
- Premiere Status: US Premiere
- Country: Italy
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 96 minutes
- Producer: Giuseppe Gallo
- Screenplay: Laura Luchetti
- Cinematographers: Ferran Paredes Rubio
- Editors: Paola Freddi
- Music: Francesco Cerasi
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Toronto International Film Festival 2018 (FIPRESCI Discovery Prize Honorable Mention)
- Filmography: Hayfever (2010)
- Language: Italian, French, Baulè
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Fandango