Shelter – Farewell to Eden

DIRECTOR(S): Enrico Masi   COUNTRIES: Italy, France   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGE(S): English, Italian, French, Arabic, Tagalog   SUBTITLES: English   RUNNING TIME: 80 min

SECTION: International Forum 2019


Saturday, 05.10., 7.30 pm, kommkino, Q&A with Enrico Masi
Sunday, 06.10., 2.00 pm, Caritas-Pirckheimer-Haus


The tale of an odyssey: The transsexual Pepsi fled her homeland the Philippines years ago. A member of the Moro Muslim community, she was persecuted because of her sexual orientation. She worked as a nurse in Libya for 10 years before being forced to leave because of the war and the collapse of the state. She made it to Europe, where her woes were not over.

Pepsi’s self-confident voice comments the fragments of her journey through Italy and France. Since she is gay and a refugee, she is twice imperiled. Her tale is a post-colonial parable, in which European geography is the backdrop for an intimate emotional drama. Over three years, an intimate and moving diary develops, which is a profound exploration of identity, restrictions, landscape and bodies.


Enrico Masi, born in 1983, is an Italian film-director and independent researcher. After working within the Department of Educational Sciences at University of Bologna as a film director and researcher and having produced and directed numerous scientific videos, he moved to London where he directed The Golden Temple – Olympic regeneration of East London. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 and was then presented worldwide both as a cinematic and academic work as part of a research project about the impact of mega events. In 2014, he moved to Berlin, supported by the Marco Polo scholarship at UDK. In 2016, he concluded his PhD project at University of Bologna. Shelter – Farewell to Eden has been released in Paris at the Centre Pompidou, London in the British Film Institute and Copenhagen University in 2019, as the final chapter of a broad trilogy, where the ultimate mega event is related to the international humanitarian crisis and third landscape theory.


The Golden Temple – Olympic Regeneration of East London (2012), Muro Basso (2014), Lepanto: O Ultimo Cangaceiro (2016), Shelter: Farewell to Eden (2019)

SCRIPT: Enrico Masi, Stefano Migliore   PRODUCER: Stefano Migliore   CAMERA: Stefano Croci   EDITOR: Giuseppe Petruzzellis   MUSIC: Zende Music Ensemble, Fabrizio Puglisi, Patrizio Barontini

PRODUCTION: Caucaso   WORLD SALES: Durna Safarova, Filmotor