The Draw

A drawn freeze-frame documentary.
Every morning, under the walls of Palermo’s prison, dozens of families wait their turn to visit their loved ones, under detention. In the queue, lot of little things, stories and troubles arise from their chatting, unveiling beauties and contradictions of familial warmth, of the city and of its culture.

  • Dario Fedele
  • Francesca Iandiorio
  • Giulio Conversi
  • Giulio Previ
  • Miguel y la Muerte
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La Buca
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    28 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 7, 2019
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  • Shooting Format:
    Paper and Digital
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Torino Film Festival
    November 26, 2019
    Global Premiere
    Jury Special Award (Italiana.corti)
Director Biography - Dario Fedele

Dario Fedele is a newcomer film director and illustrator from Arezzo. There, he has long worked as storyboarder and grip with Paolo Sodi.
In 2017 he directed "My Room" (“La Stanza”) as part of the “Palermo in Pieces” project, organized by the Migrant Literatures Festival.
In 2019 he graduated in Documentary Film at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Sicily seat. There he made "Contrapposti", co-directed with Francesca Iandiorio as first year project, and “The Draw”, his graduation film.
What fascinates him about documentary is the power of getting involved in stories, situations and perceptions along with his witnesses, as in a pure intimate experience.

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Director Statement

Drawing has been my very first approach to the inmates families. At first it was just a way to get survey notes for a movie that would have tell his story through footage.
Then, inspired by the reading of "New York" by Will Eisner and by
discussing with some colleagues of mine, I started letting my sketches become more and more an honest and intimate narration, infused with my own gullible nature, a bit tentative and attached to fairness, until the drawings became the film's language.
Thanks to the foundation given by on-the-field recordings, the grain of the ink becomes the grain of our reality. Our imagination gets the job done, just like in a comic book.