Like an Oasis

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Like an Oasis (Come un'oasi)

original title:

Come un'oasi

directed by:



set design:

Irene Orrù

costume design:

Lucia Cherchi






film run:





Ready (23/06/2021)

festivals & awards:

  • Varese International Film Festival 2022

Elisa, sitting in front of the entrance of the Grazia Deledda Museum, awaits the arrival of Chiara. In the garden of the Museum, which was once her home, the young Grazia Deledda sadly throws the pages of her latest manuscript into the air. Past, present and future will meet with the feminine grace of a vision.

The film is inspired by “La via del male”, one of the first novels by Grazia Deledda (1871-1936), winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. The book is the backdrop to an out-of-time meeting between Elisa and Chiara, two present-day girls, and the still young writer from Nuoro. The words of the novel capture the protagonists who in turn reinterpret them by drawing, rewriting them, reciting them, dreaming of them. Reality and imagination come together in a game whose rules are inspired by the main characteristics of the book: love, passion for real things, those suffered and desired, those that the same young Grazia still could not get but for which she had decided to fight. To fight against closed provincialism and social conventions, against a world that suffocates the dreams of all those women torn between desire and resignation. Determined and passionate women, forced into a continuous struggle within themselves by the bigoted society in which they live, who sometimes express their own feelings through an explosion of primitive and wild sensuality. As perhaps the young Grazia closed her eyes to the surrounding world to dream of her characters and her stories, so Elisa and Chiara, in the film, close their eyes as well to be able to renew those same dreams with their own imagination, in that mutual relationship that only great art can entertain with the people of all times. During the film, the usual space-time references gradually disperse, whoever dreams is in turn dreamed, Elisa and Chiara imagine Grazia Deledda in the past and Grazia Deledda imagines the two girls in the future. Readers imagine the writer and the writer the readers. The montage tells us about an encounter that can only take place in the field of film fiction but which paradoxically expresses the search for the authentic emotions of the artist in the act of creating the work and of the public in the act of receiving it, both through the imagination.