Scene from the film Between Sisters
Scene from the film Between Sisters
Scene from the film Between Sisters
Scene from the film Between Sisters
Scene from the film Between Sisters

Between Sisters

  • Italy
  • Belgium
  • Qatar
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Few films are as perceptive about the routine gestures that amass over a lifetime spent together as Manu Gerosa’s Between Sisters. Ornella and Teresa have cared for each other through their whole lives. As Teresa's memory beginning to fade with age, Ornella — the younger of the two — decides to share a painful story practically as old as their relationship, reaching back to childhood.

Their relationship, as durable and as automatic in its rhythms as it may seem, is strained by this secret. As is the case with many people isolated with family right now, these two Italian women must work to actively renew their relationship if forgiveness and reconciliation — and a return to the casualness of everyday existence — are to be achieved. That process is depicted by Gerosa, who is Ornella’s son and who briefly appears in the film, with a tenderness and insight that speaks to his sensitivity as a filmmaker as well as his familiarity with the material.


  • Original Title
    Between Sisters
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Manu Gerosa, Valentina Toldo
  • Cinematography
    Manu Gerosa, Salva Muñoz, Federico Scienza
  • Editing
    Alejandro de la Fuente, Jan Decoster
  • Music
    Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven
  • Sound
    Bert Aerts, Senjan Jansen
  • Runtime
    79 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Italy
    • Belgium
    • Qatar
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Festival dei Popoli 2015 (IT)
    • True/False Film Fest 2016 (US)
    • Ismailia Documentary Film Festival (EG)
    • Trento Film Festival (IT)
    • Doc Against Gravity Film Festival (PL)
    • EDOC – Encuentros de Otro Cine (EC)
    • Ambulante Documentary Film Festival (MX)
    • Maine International Film Festival (US)
    • Maine International Film Festival – By the Sea (US)
    • Budapest International Documentary Film Festival (HU)
    • Ânûû-rû âboro – Festival International du Cinéma des Peuples (NC)
    • Bahamas International Film Festival (BS)
  • Awards
    • Ismailia Documentary Film Festival – Best Film Award in Long Documentary Competition and Best Film by the Egyptian Film Critic Association (EFCA)
    • Trento Film Festival – Best Film Award in Orizzonti Vicini Section is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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