East Doc Market Award for Pure Unknown at Sunny Side

25. 6. 2020

Author: Veronika Zýková

East Doc Market Award by the Institute of Documentary Film was given to the project by Valentina Cicogna and Mattia Colombo, Pure Unknown, at Sunny Side of the Doc. The award guarantees the project will be part of East Doc Market at East Doc Platform 2021. Pure Unknown also got DAE Talent Encouragement Award. Roma (working title), the winning Ex Oriente Film workshop project at East Doc Platform 2020, got two awards. 

Read our statement: "We would like to support a project that is looking at our society from an unexpected angle: through a crusade of one woman, respected Italian forensic scientist, who would like to find answers to the most basic question: who were all those people who are now unidentified, unknown bodies in city morgues? And more importantly, why don't the authorities care about them? The award goes to Pure Unknown by Valentina Cicogna & Mattia Colombo."

Suburbs of Milan: a half naked body is found near the railways that lead to the Central Station. Nobody knows its identity, there is no ID in its pockets. The corpse, closed in a blue body bag, is sent to the mortuary. It will become one of the more than 60 unknown bodies that every year arrive at Milan’s morgue: corpses and skeletons that no one takes care of. No one but Cristina. Forensic anthropologist, coroner, professor at the University, founder of Labanof, the Laboratory of Forensic Anthropology and Dentistry, Doctor Cristina Cattaneo wants to call by name those that, in jargon, are referred to as Pure Unknown.

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Pure Unknown / orig. Sconosciuti puri
directors: Valentina Cicogna and Mattia Colombo
produced by: Jump Cut (IT)
coproduced by: Sisyfos Film Production (SE), Amka Films (CH)
creative documentary - 80'/52’ - end 2021 - in development

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