A film by Enrico Maisto

Italian citizens can be called to serve on juries for certain criminal cases. They don't get much time to think about it, either: on the day before appearing for jury selection, they're randomly selected by a computer system. And so, one morning at 10 o'clock, 60 tense Italians take their place in a Court of Assizes that was, as one potential juror whispers, built under Mussolini. The camera never gives an overview shot, but always films each individual in close-up. Their whispers, nervous questions, funny comments and discomfort are all captured and brought together in a soft cacophony full of reflection on this remarkable civic duty. A drawn-out and infamous criminal case from 1974 and the judge’s claim that no one needs to be scared of the mafia lend an extra dimension to this fascinating cinematic observation.

Festivals and Awards

58 Festival dei Popoli  (Audience Award), IDFA International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Milano Film Network, Budapest International Documentary Film Festival, DocPoint Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival, Terra di Cinema, Crossing Europe International Film Festival Linz, HOT DOCS (Best Mid-Lenght Documentary Award)

Title / La Convocazione (The Call) Running Time / 57' Genre / Documentary Country / Italy Language / Italian with English/ Spanish Subt. Location / Italy Format / Digital Director / Enrico Maisto Cinematography / Jacopo Loiodice Editing / Veronica Scotti, Valentina Cicogna Sound / Simone Paolo Olivero With / Anna Conforti, Fabio Tucci, Susi Bassi, Pasquale Magnifico, Valentina Milanaccio, Chiara Mangoni, Emanuele Marfoni and Daniela Migliacci Producer / Riccardo Annoni Production Company / Start, Rai Cinema Distribution/ Slingshot Films (International), Salon Indien Films (Spain and Latin America)