EMERGENCY EXIT Trailer showed at European Parlament

Emergency Exit is a documentary project about Italy and the consequences of the last 20 years of politics on the young generation: a lot of young italian leave their country every year, more than 90% of them are graduated and professionally skilled.

ìThey move away because of a lot of reason, but nobody in Italy seems to have the desire to listen or care for them. So I decided to start a trip: I traveled around six (and more) European countries, from Paris to London, Berlin, Wien, Bergen and Tenerife, finding young italians who left Italy, looking for better opportunities of life and career.

Six stories of ordinary separation, one question: what happened to Italy?

Italia, USA – 2014 –  color – 66’

Direction: Brunella Filì Story: Brunella Filì

Editing: Enrico Giovannone, Brunella Filì Original Soundtrack:  Gioacchino Balistreri Sound Designer: Rodolfo Mongitore

Digital Effects e Color Correction: Giulio Bruno

With: Bill Emmott (voice), Patrizia Pierazzo, Chiara Capraro, Mauro Gargano, Milena Maselli, Nicola Cataldo, Anna Binetti, Marco Lanza, Camilla Bonetti, Walter Calvaresi, Martina Zipoli, Alessia Gatti, Andra Lodovichetti, Chiara Bernasconi, Matteo Rignanese

Executive Producer: Beth Di Santo Producer: Brunella Filì Production: OffiCinema DOC s.r.l.s.


Anna, Mauro, Milena and others do not know each other, but they have something in common: they left Italy to go abroad and to bet on the possibility for a better future. A future that, continuing to live in Italy, seems difficult to imagine. An entire generation is bleeding out of area. Not only brains, but also ‘normal’ young people, halved citizens, divided between a life with greater opportunities and a sense of dearth and frustration that all kind of exile, even though voluntary, involves. The film tells what young Italians abroad do, think and dream; whether they will remain or return home; whether moving away is the emergency exit to change one’s precarious future. A trip from Vienna to Paris, Tenerife, Bergen, London and New York; stories of ordinary separation, a single story: the story of a forgotten generation, which still has something to say to his country of origin.


“The film is the result of the urgent need for a not generic in-depth analysis on the diaspora and its consequences, listening to those directly involved, on the spot, and by giving them a voice. What happened to Italy? Is it so hard to imagine a future here? Paris, London, New York: poles of attraction where it’s possible to reorganize the pieces of a professional and cultural reality which are in conflict with one’s own aspirations and merits; young people in exile, looking for a generational identity lost between the problems of a country which is economically and civilly stationary. Recovering these faraway voices is a necessary step from which to start a sincere reflection on our and future years”.


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One needs a Homecountry if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A Home country means you are not alone, means you know that inside people, inside plants, and ground there is something yours that even when you’re not there, is still waiting for you.

-- (Cesare Pavese)

The project has been officially selected to the VII Edition of Italian Doc Screenings, the most important documentary showcase in Italy. Other Official selections are: Festival del Cinema Europeo 2014, Madrid International Film Festival 2014 (Best Foreign Language Documentary Award), Ischia Film Festival 2014, Premio Libero Bizzarri – Italia Doc 2014, Premio Nazionale Roberto Gavioli, VIFF 2014 (Best Documentary Award), al Foggia Film Festival 2014 (Best Documentary Award), Trani International Film Festival 2014 (Jury’s Mention), RIFF Awards 2015, Sguardi Altrove Film Festival 2015, Voghera Film Festival 2015, Versus Festival 2015, Social World Film Festival 2015 (Best Documentary Award), Salento Finibus Terrae 2015 (Best Documentary Award), South Easter Film Festival 2015 (USA), Scarborough Film Festival – with the support of HotDocs (Toronto, Canada), Festival del Documentario d’Abruzzo 2015, SiciliAmbiente Documentary Festival 2015, Salento International Film Festival 2015, Clorofilla Film Festival 2015, Vicoli Corti 2015 (Best Soundtrack Award), Ariano International Film Festival 2015, Artelesia Film Festival 2015 (Best Director Award to Brunella Filì), International Gold Panda Award for Documentary (China).

Italian Doc Screenings   Madrid International Film Festival 2014   Festival del Cinema Europeo 2014