by Salvatore Mereu



Soaked to the skin, Costantino sinks into the haystack like old timber left on the shore by a stormy sea. Torrential rain has just put out the fire that in a single night ravaged Assandira, a farmstay deep in the woods of Sardinia. But the rain hasn't quenched the pain, the endless remorse for the son lost to the flames, the son he was unable to save. The first to arrive are the carabinieri and the young investigating magistrate: Costantino tries to tell them what happened the previous night, to explain how it all began…


Salvatore Mereu was born in Dorgali on 17 March 1965. With his first full-length film, Ballo a Tre Passi (2003), he began exploring the relationship between tradition and modernity in his native Sardinia, winning the Venice Critics' Week and taking home both the David di Donatello and Ciak d'Oro as the best upcoming director. His second film, Sonetàula (2008), was screened in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, and went on to win the Foreign Press Golden Globe and the Biarritz Festival FIPA d'Or for best screenplay. Mereu returned to the Venice Film Festival in 2010 with Tajabone, then to the festival's 2012 Orizzonti section with Bellas Mariposas, which won the Schermi di Qualità award and ultimately also the Rotterdam Big Screen Award.

2020: Assandira
2012: Pretty Butterflies (Bellas mariposas)
2010: Tajabone
2008: Sonetàula
2003: THREE-STEP DANCE (Ballo a tre passi)


Gavino Ledda: Costantino Saru
Anna König: Grete
Marco Zucca: Mario
Corrado Giannetti: Giudice Pestis
Samuele Mei: Peppe Bellu
Pierluigi Riccio: Professor Riccio
Alessandro Pala: Maresciallo


Director: Salvatore Mereu
Writer: Salvatore Mereu
A free adaptation of Giulio Angioni's Assandira, published by Sellerio
Director of Photography: Sandro Chessa
Film Editor: Paola Freddi
Production Designer: Marianna Sciveres
Costume Designer: Salvatore Aresu
Production Sound Mixers: Piero Fancellu, Vincenzo Santo
Casting: Rossana Patricelli
Sound Editor: Marco Saitta, Francesco Albertelli, Mauro Eusepi
Digital Effects: Why Worry production
Digital Colorist: Ercole Cosmi
Production Manager: Laura Biagini
Assistant Director: Massimo Selis
Producers: Elisabetta Soddu & Salvatore Mereu
Production Companies: Viacolvento with Rai Cinema

Technical Data

Original title: Assandira
International title: Assandira
Duration: 128 min
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Format: 2K
Sound: 5.1
Year: 2020
Original Language: Italian, Sardinian, English & German
Country of Production: Italy
Production Companies: Viacolvento
Co-production companies: RAI Cinema
With support of: MIBACT– Direzione Generale Cinema, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, Comune di Cagliari, Fondazione di Sardegna, ISRE Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico, Camera di Commercio di Nuoro, Cineteca Umanitaria Sarda, Comune di Dorgali, Banco di Sardegna

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