Small Body


The Main 5 Sat, May 14, 2022 7:00 PM
The Main 4 Tue, May 17, 2022 4:30 PM
The Main 5 Tue, May 24, 2022 7:30 PM
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Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Original Title:Piccolo Corpo
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Women & Film
Emerging Filmmaker Competition
Historical Drama
Women Directors
Women's Rights
Road Movie
Release Year:2021
Runtime:89 min
Festivals & Awards:Cannes World Premiere – Critics’ Week in Competition
Montenegro Film Festival
Sarajevo Film Festival
TIFF – Contemporary World Cinema
Hamburg Film Festival
Annecy Italian Film Festival – Audience Award
Villerupt Italian Film Festival – Special Jury Mention
BFI London Film Festival – Special Commendation
Haifa Film Festival -Panorama
Montpellier – Cinemed- Students ‘ Award for best 1st feature
Busan International Film Festival – World Cinema
Warsaw Film Festival – Discoveries
Morelia Film Festival
Vancouver Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
Scanorama Film Festival
Festa do Cinema Italiano (Lisbon) – Competition Best Film Winner
Stockholm Film Festival – Competition
Seville European Film Festival – Extraordinary Stories Award
Cambridge Film Festival
Thessaloniki Film Festival – Meet the Neighbors GOLDEN Alexander Award
Liffe Award Ljubljana – FIPRESCI Prize
Chéris Film Festival France – Best Actresses Award for Celeste and Undine
Cairo Film Festival
Best Director Award
REC Film Festival Tarragona – Best Debut Film
Special CineClub Jury Mention
Print Source:Alpha Violet Films
Director:Laura Samani
Producer:Alberto Fasulo
Nadia Trevisan
Cinematographer:Mitja Licen
Screenwriter:Marco Borromei
Elisa Dondi
Laura Samani
Editor:Chiara Dainese
Composer:Fredrika Stahl
Principal Cast:Celeste Cescutti
Ondina Quadri


In 1900 Italy, young Agata has a stillborn child who, according to her religion, cannot be baptized having not taken its first breath. Horrified at the thought of her infant being interred unbaptized and without a name, and thus condemned to limbo, she embarks on a journey to save its soul.

Agata (Celeste Cescutti) hears rumors of a place far away in the mountains where stillborn babies can be resurrected just long enough to take a breath and be baptized. Against her husband’s wishes, against the Catholic church itself, and facing enormous risks to herself in the harsh terrain of Northeastern Italy, Agata sets off, her child tucked in a small box. Along the way she meets the thief Lynx (Ondina Quadri), who agrees to assist Agata in reaching her destination as long as he can have the contents of the box. ‘[A] beguiling and mythic drama.” —Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

Director Biography

Laura Samani

Born in 1989 in Trieste, Italy, Laura Samani studied at the University of Pisa and at Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. She is the director of Città visibile (2019) and the short films “Rosso liquido” (2013) and “The Sleeping Saint”. Small Body (21) is her debut feature.