A Stage for Life

While preparing three plays based on William Shakespeare's work, the protagonists of the film reveal their personal stories.

  • Lorenzo Pomari
    Director
    The Washing Machine
  • Paolo Vandoni
    Director
    Johnny Castle: Rising Star
  • Davide Martinoni
    Producer
  • Miguel Angel Cienfuegos
    Key Cast
    "Self"
  • Seid Ali
    Key Cast
    "Self"
  • Ludovico Franscini
    Key Cast
    "Self"
  • Katya Troise
    Key Cast
    "Self"
  • Etienne Del Biaggio
    Editor
  • Fabio Martino
    Composer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Un palco per la vita
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    57 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Castellinaria - Festival del cinema giovane
    Bellinzona
    Switzerland
    November 15, 2021
    World Premiere
    Out of competition
  • Paris International Film Awards
    Paris
    France
    March 28, 2022
    Best Feature Documentary
  • Rome Outkast Independent Film Award
    Roma
    Italy
    April 13, 2022
    Best Documentary
  • Madonie Film Festival
    Petralia Soprana, Sicily
    Italy
    November 23, 2023
    Honorable Mention
  • HIIFF - Heart International Italian Film Festival
    Bologna
    Italy
    Best Foreign Documentary
  • Bedford Documentary Film Festival
    Bedford
    United Kingdom
    November 19, 2022
    Best Documentary Under 60 Minutes
  • Pembroke Taparelli Arts and Film Festival
    Online
    United States
    November 12, 2022
  • Switzerland International Film Festival
    Aubonne
    Switzerland
    December 14, 2022
    Finalist
  • International Brightlight Film Festival
    Reseda, CA
    United States
    May 19, 2023
    Semi-Finalist
Director Biography - Lorenzo Pomari, Paolo Vandoni

Paolo Vandoni was born in Locarno, Switzerland, where he still lives. He has worked as a filmmaker and a videographer over the past 25 years. He has directed several documentaries for RSI, the national swiss television.

Lorenzo Pomari was also born in Locarno. He attended the New York Film Academy, where he graduated with a Master Degree in Filmmaking in 2013. His short film "The Washing Machine" has been screened and awarded by several film festivals around the world. He now lives in Switzerland, where he also works for RSI.

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Director Statement

When Davide Martinoni, the executive producer, got in touch with us with an idea for a documentary, we were immidiatly hooked. His idea was to make a film about the work of William Shakespeare and how it can be performed by anyone thanks to its universality.

As shooting progressed, it quickly became clear to us that the main theme of the documentary was actually going to be a different one: integration.
Integration in different forms: into a different society, a foreign country, or into adulthood.
We are very proud of how the film turned out, and we are happy to start sharing it with the world!