Always Forgive

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25th TiDF: World Premiere

A happy and enchanted landscape, a doll snatched away from a little girl and thrown into the fire. This surprising cinematic encounter traces the life of Cristina Bernhard, born in 1939 into a modest family of farmers and cattle breeders. Her fairytale childhood surrounded by mountains and lush meadows is abruptly interrupted by the death of her mother. The arrival of her stepmother will change her life forever. Mistreatment and violence will force her to leave her village at a very young age and to achieve happiness far away from her beloved mountains. Combining fairy tale and documentary, this unique film is an opportunity to get closer to childhood and unknown existential and emotional territories; the meeting with Cristina and her diary is an invitation to discover irony and forgiveness as a cure for one's suffering.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market TiDF25

Direction: Gabriele Borghi, Davide Grotta
Cinematography: Alexander Fontana, Davide Grotta
Editing: Gabriele Borghi, Davide Grotta
Sound: Gabriele Borghi, Sergio De Vito
Music: Epsilon Indi, Sergio De Vito
Actors: Cristina Bernhard, Anja Wolfsgruber
Production: Associazione Culturale Zabbara
Producers: Gabriele Borghi, Davide Grotta
Make Up: Elisa Zanchetta
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Italy
Production Year: 2023
Duration: 52'
Contact: Associazione Culturale Zabbara

Gabriele Borghi


2023 Always Forgive (co-direction)

Davide Grotta


2023 Always Forgive (co-direction)