64th TIFF: Greek Premiere
Three pivotal moments in the history of contemporary Italy are observed through the viewpoint of an equal number of children, all of them immersed in a nowhere land, a non-place of violence and brutality that inherently threatens to extinguish childhood innocence. A girl who loses her mother to the Spanish flu in the midst of the Great War, another who witnesses the Nazis taking control of her war-torn homeland, and a boy who abandons the countryside during the turbulent “Years of Lead“ compose a triptych filled with love for all those narratives that were preserved through oral tradition, eventually etching themselves deep into the collective memory of three generations. In Nowhere, this memory resurfaces in a transcendent manner through the simple sketches of Simone Massi and his talented team. Sketches that suddenly appear to be the perfect canvas to depict it anew.
Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Simone Massi
Script: Simone Massi, Anne Paschetta, Alessio Torino, Luca Briasco, Julia Gromskaya, Nello Massi, Assunta Ceccarani
Editing: Simone Massi, Lola Capote Ortiz, Alberto Girotto
Sound: Stefano Sasso, Riccardo Studer
Music: Lorenzo Danesin
Actors: (with the voices of) Marco Baliani, Ascanio Celestini, Mimmo Cuticchio, Luigi Lo Cascio, Neri Marcorè, Giovanna Marini, Achille Massi, Gemma Massi, Toni Servillo, Filippo Timi
Production: Minimum Fax Media, Amka Films
Producers: Salvatore Pecoraro, Daniele di Gennaro, Amel Soudani, Michela Pini, Olga Lamontanara, Rhea Plangg
Co-production: RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera
Format: DCP
Color: Color, B&W
Production Country: Italy, Switzerland
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 90'
Contact: Fandango
Awards/Distinctions: Lizzani Award – Venice IFF 2023

Simone Massi

Simone Massi (Pergola, Italy, 1970) studied Animation Film at the Academy of Fine Arts Urbino. After he graduated, Massi started working as a freelance animator. Despite the difficulties he encountered working as an independent animator (he draws entirely by hand), more than a dozen of his short animation films have been shown in 54 countries, collecting over 200 awards.


1997 Keep on! Keepin' On! (short)
2001 Tengo la posizione (short)
2006 La memoria dei cani (short)
2011 About Killing the Pig (short)
2014 L’attesa del maggio (short)
2021 Ad ogni alba (short)
2022 In quanto a noi (short)
2023 Nowhere