Zen in the Ice Rift (first feature)

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Zen in the Ice Rift (Zen sul ghiaccio sottile)

Zen in the Ice Rift (Zen sul ghiaccio sottile)

Zen in the Ice Rift (Zen sul ghiaccio sottile)

original title:

Zen sul ghiaccio sottile

directed by:


Eleonora Conti, Susanna Acchiardi, Fabrizia Sacchi, Edoardo Lomazzi, Marco Manfredi, Ruben Nativi, Alexandra Gaspar, Maurizio Stefanelli, Giulia Lorenzelli




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festivals & awards:

  • Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival 2019: Mediterranean Long Films Competition
  • Cinema Italia - Israel 2019
  • Zlin Film Festival 2019: Competition of European First Feature Films
  • La Biennale di Venezia 2018: Biennale College - Cinema -Special Mention Vivere da Sportivi
  • Rome Film Fest 2018: Alice nella città - Panorama Italia
  • Jeugd Film Festival 2019
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival 2019
  • Zinegoak Bilbao LGBT Film Festival 2019
  • Amsterdam LGBT Film Festival 2019
  • Andalesgai Andalusia LGBT Film Festival 2019
  • BUFilm Festival Film Festival 2019
  • Queergestreift Festival 2019
  • OUTshine Film Festival 2019
  • Barcelona Mostra Fire LGBT Film Festival 2019
  • Frameline San Francisco LGBT Film Best Debut Director

Maia, called ZEN, a rowdy yet solitary 16-year-old tomboy lives in a small village on top of the rough and beautiful Italian Apennines. She’s the only girl of the local ice hockey- team and she is constantly bullied by her teammates for her masculine attitude. When Vanessa, the beautiful and dazed girlfriend of the team captain, runs away from home and hide in Maia's family lodge, Maia feels free to open up for the first time. Led by the need to break away from the roles that the small community forced them to play, Maia and Vanessa embarks on a journey of self-discovery, exploring their inner desires and trying to understand their identity.