Le perle di ritorno, Odissea di un vetraio africano

by Franco Basaglia

Documentary | Italy | 2011 | HD | 61 min.

saturday 21 july
MONSELICE, Cinema Corallo
Le-perle-di-ritorno (1)
Le-perle-di-ritorno (2)
Le-perle-di-ritorno (3)

The film tells the story of Moulaye, the first Senegalese immigrant who becomes a master in the art of glassmaking in Venice. Fond of this art, Moulaye arrives in Italy as a tourist and finds himself facing one of the most exclusive groups of our country: the Masters of Murano, the fire island. Moulaye begins a new journey in which he discovers the tragedy of a place and an art that risk to disappear. He looks at the world around him knowing that he cannot come back because only those who take something with them can come back. In a country where black people are illegal aliens, doomed to sell bags along the way, what happens when somebody breaks the cycle?



Born and raised in Venice, Franco Basaglia worked as an assistant director for authors like Spike Lee (Miracle at St. Anna), Marc Forster (007: Quantum of Solace), Chris Weitz (Twilight; Eclipse) Lasse Hallstrom (Casanova), Tony Gilroy (Duplicity), Sofia Coppola (Somewhere) and for Italian directors like Giacomo Battiato, Gianluca Tavarelli, Guido Chiesa. He acquired international experience on the set of movies and commercials in England, France, Spain, South Africa, Morocco and in the States. In 2006 he lived in New York, where he studied at the NYU Tish School of the Arts and collaborated with the director Tom McCarthy in his work “The Visitor”. In 2011 he produced the short movie “To Chjana”, which won the prize for Best Short Movie at the Film Festival of Venice that year and is currently competing at the SXSW and at the Nastri d’Argento. “Le perle di ritorno” is his first documentary film.


Franco Basaglia
Franco Basaglia
Franco Basaglia
Giovanni Andreotta
Eleonora Cao
Francesco Novara
Moulaye Niang, Pino Signoretto, Davide Salvadore, Daouda Gueye
360 degrees film