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MEIN ZIMMER

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by Monika Stuhl

grade: 6

Mein Zimmer wants to communicate a very precise message to us through an Italian reality that few, even in Italy, know about. Only through solidarity and cooperation can great things be achieved. And sometimes the seemingly simplest ideas turn out to be winning solutions. At the Diagonale 2024.

Together it’s better

Perugia, it is known, is one of the liveliest university cities in central Italy. Numerous students decide to study at its university every year. But since such students often need to earn some money to be able to pay the rent, a special project was recently founded that, with the aim of helping disabled young people socialise and integrate into society, could also help numerous young people meet their monthly expenses. We are talking about the ‘La Città del Sole’ project, which we got to know more closely in Mein Zimmer, the debut film by director Monika Stuhl, premiered as part of the Diagonale 2024 programme.

The ‘La Città del Sole’ project, therefore, was founded by Stefano Rulli in order to help his son Matteo. And it is precisely from Matteo’s story, then, that Mein Zimmer begins. A young student waits for Matteo to finish showering. Then, after the latter has dressed, they are both finally ready to go out. The boy’s housemates tell their story in front of Monika Stuhl’s camera. Whoever decides to join the project is assigned a room in a flat, without having to pay rent. And so, numerous interviews continually alternate with scenes of normal everyday life inside the houses in which the many disabled youngsters protagonists of the documentary live.

Mein Zimmer immediately stands out for its simple and direct approach, in which no particular virtuosity is needed for the whole thing to work on the movie screen. The director, for her part, respectfully and affectionately observes the lives of the protagonists, often experiencing first-hand the many realities shown to us. In the evening, everyone is ready to share the last hours of the day with their housemates. Each of them has their own story to tell and in these little, precious moments we realise how much this project has been able to achieve over the years.

Mein Zimmer, therefore, wants to communicate a very precise message to us through an Italian reality that few, even in Italy, know about. Only through solidarity and cooperation can great things be achieved. And sometimes the seemingly simplest ideas turn out to be winning solutions. We agree: this Mein Zimmer, while on the whole successful, sometimes seems a little too didactic. But it is fine. Given the reality shown to us, these are situations one can easily run into. We will have to see what else the director has in store for us in the future.

Original title: Mein Zimmer
Directed by: Monika Stuhl
Country/year: Austria, Italy / 2024
Running time: 86’
Genre: documentary
Screenplay: Monika Stuhl
Cinematography: Joerg Burger
Produced by: Monika Stuhl

Info: the page of Mein ZImmer on the website of the Diagonale; the page of Mein Zimmer on the website of the sixpackfilm