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Ivan Ikic – Oasis #Giornate2020

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Real patients of an institution for mentally impaired kids are the stars in an impressive fiction film, on their own life and world.

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9 min. and 55 sec.

PODCAST | Angelo Acerbi interviews Ivan Ikic, director of the film Oasis.

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Ivan Ikic tells us a story of three young people living in an institution for mentally impaired kids, where they act roles and at the same time tell their own stories. An engaging film, and a complex one to build and shoot, as he tells us in this interview on the occasion of the participation to the Giornate degli Autori section, at the Venice Festival.

Oasis: Upon her arrival at an institution for people with mental disabilities, Maria becomes fast friends with the equally fiery Dragana. When it becomes clear that they are both in love with the more withdrawn Robert, their relationship is upset and gradually grows into a dangerous game of hide-and-seek to win him over. Being condemned to a lifetime of hiding away from society, the three teenagers’ profound longing for independence and human connection takes hold. Driven by the newfound feelings of desire and envy, their impulsive actions topple the delicate balance preserved by the institution’s stifling rules and spill over into confrontation and desperate measures for any way out.

  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Ivan Ikic
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
  • Festival section
    Giornate degli Autori
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