The first frame of the film says everything that needs to be said – an old man sitting alone on a bench beside a road, blanketed in mist. Bruno wants to go home, he needs to feed his dog, but he is not quite sure where home is. He is lost in himself. His memory and sense of reality are fractured. Right beside the bench, there is a big tree – so big that it does not even fit in the frame. Nature is a separate character in Miroslav Mandić’s lifelike film – the transient and the eternal are constantly side by side here.
Bruno actually lives at a home for the elderly and is in love with a co-resident named Dusa. Their love story is fragmented, as they tend to constantly forget each other. Thus, they can always meet for the first time.
With its poetic film language, "Sanremo" is an impressive drama about love and time. Of what we remember and what we don’t. A contemplation that sneaks into your soul. The title of the film refers to the San Remo song festival and the 1964 winning song "Non ho l’età" (‘I’m Not Old Enough’) – the tune has been etched into the memories of both main characters.
Director Miroslav Mandić’s films have been screened at many well-known festivals (including Karlovy Vary, Locarno) and he has also made several documentaries. As is customary in the case of Mandić’s films, he is also the screenwriter of this film. "Sanremo" is largely inspired by personal experiences.
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Miroslav Mandic (snd 1959) on lõpetanud Columbia ülikoolis kunstide eriala. Pärast lühikeseks jäänud filmikarjääri kodumaal Bosnia-Hertsegoviinas läks sõja eest 1990. aastate alguses pakku Tšehhi Vabariiki, kus ta lavastas rida dokumentaalfilme. Praegu elab režissöör alatiselt Sloveenias. Tema filmid on pälvinud auhindu paljudel mainekatel filmifestivalidel nagu Locarno, Chicago, Munich, Sarajevo, Melbourne ja Cairo. „Sanremo“ on Mandici kuues täispikk film.
Zivot radnika (A Worker's Life, 1987), Ljubav na granici (Borderline Lovers, doc, 2005), Searching for Johnny (doc, 2009), Adria Blues (2013), Igram, sem (I act, I am, 2018), Sanremo (2020)