The Village of Roses

Rosornas by

25th TiDF: International Premiere

Every morning, a school bus passes Denise and her cousins Jonathan and Walter, without picking them up. An urgent and extremely timely close depiction of a Roma family’s everyday life and vulnerability in Italy, where the winds of fascism are blowing again. In a suburb in southern Milan is Villagio delle Rose, the Village of the Roses, a legal Roma camp where a few hundred people live in caravans and wooden houses. Inside the gates, life goes on quietly – but outside, a storm is blowing. The camp is continuously used as a political weapon in politics where populist parties vilify and threaten its existence. For almost six years, Hanna Heilborn has followed one of the families in the village and the closeness gives her a unique insight into Roma everyday life far beyond stereotypes. Elegantly interwoven with archive clippings, news footage, and activist Dijana Pavlovic’s political struggle for the camp’s residents, the everyday depiction is contrasted with vulnerability – and the right to a decent life.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Hanna Heilborn
Cinematography: Stefania Vialetto, Stephanie Blanchard
Editing: Dominika Daubenbüchel, Nils Eidvall
Sound: Claes Lundberg (design)
Music: József Balázs
Production: Story AB
Producers: Elin Kamlert
Co-production: Film Stockholm, Film i Skåne, Kamlert Film
Executive producer: Tobias Janson
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Sweden
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 87'
Contact: The Swedish Film Institute

Thessaloniki Pitching Forum 2021

Age 13+

Hanna Heilborn


2002 Hidden (short, co-direction)
2008 Slaves (short, co-direction)
2012 Sharaf (short, co-direction)
2015 Ruth (short)
2015 The Wave (short)
2016 Med hjertet i dansen (co-direction)
2023 Rosornas by | The Village of Roses