Regional Competition

Stories of the Half-Light

Luca Magi
Screening time  
27.02. / Wednesday, 13:00 - 15:00 Theatre 2  
28.02. / Thursday, 21:00 - 23:00 Theatre 2  
01.03. / Friday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 4  
03.03. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 2  
03.03. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
A film describes Italian word “dormiveglia” - blurred state between wakefulness and sleep, and shows us a suspended place where there is no space or time.

In Italian, “dormiveglia” designates that blurred state between wakefulness and sleep in which it is difficult to distinguish dreams from reality. On the outskirts of an Italian town, homeless people are looked after at a night shelter. Rostoom is a suspended place: between its walls there is no space or time. At night, around a fire or under weak electric lights, the voices of those who keep watch confide in Luca Magi’s camera, in an exercise of extreme intimacy, while words become a form of ghostly reverie specific to “dormiveglia”. The polyphonic chant gives a rhythm to the waiting of these individuals deprived of a future.


Luca Magi

Luca Magi is a director and video artist. Anita (2012) is his first documentary. His latest documentary Stories of the Half-Light (2018) premiered at Visions du Réel film festival.

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Storie del dormiveglia

2018, 68'

Directed by:
Luca Magi

Screenplay by:
Luca Magi, Michele Manzolini

Luca Magi, Andrea Vaccari

Edited by:
Jaime Palomo Cousido

Simonluca Laitempergher

Claudio Giapponesi

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Visions du Réel 2018