Country: Italia  |  Year: 2014  |  Runtime: 98'

Format: Dcp, Bluray, Dvd, HD File

Language: Italian, Arabic

Subtitles: Italian, English, French, Catalan, Spanish, Flemish, Japanese, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, German

Genre: Documentary

Directors: A. Augugliaro, G. Del Grande, K. S. Al Nassiry

Co-productions: Doc Lab

Festival: Venezia 71, David di Donatello, Nastri d'argento, IDFA, Dubai Film Festival, Oran International Film, Carthage Film Festival, HotDocs, FIFDH, Istambul Film Festival.

Website: www.iostoconlasposa.it/en



A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden – and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers – by faking a wedding. With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so Italian and Syrian friends as wedding guests, they cross halfway over Europe on a four-day journey of three thousand kilometres.  This emotionally charged journey not only brings out the stories and hopes and dreams of the five Palestinians and Syrians and their rather special traffickers, but also reveals an unknown side of Europe – a trans- national, supportive and irreverent Europe that ridicules the laws and restrictions of the Fortress in a kind of masquerade which is no other than the direct filming of something that really took place on the road from Milan to Stockholm from the 14th to the 18th of November 2013.


In European embassies their passports are worthless. And so, month after month, thousands of Syrians and Palestinians turn to Libyan and Egyptian smugglers to be ferried across the Mediterranean on dilapida- ted, makeshift boats. Fleeing the war in Syria to seek asylum in Europe. Italy is just a transit country. The objective is Sweden. After reaching Sicily, they continue their journey from Milan, by car, resorting yet again to smugglers. Current immigration laws give them no alternative. Unless of course somebody decides to disobey these laws, which is what we did. This film is about what happened on the road from Milan to Stockholm on 14th-18th November 2013.


A documentary and yet a political act, a real and yet fantastic story; “On the Bride’s Side” is all these things at once. And, right from the start, the hybrid nature of the film dictated a number of specific choices. First of all, there was the script treatment: rather than writing dialogues and character parts, we organised the journey on the basis of scenes, imagining situations in which our characters, used to the presence of the cameras, could move freely. The filming, therefore, always had to adapt to the needs of the political act, because we really had to get to Sweden – it wasn’t just for the film. And we had to get there as quickly as possible. This obviously set an extremely demanding work rate: twelve hours a day in the car, scenes to shoot, files to download and, if we were lucky, three hours sleep a night. If there was one thing that stopped the crew from abandoning us on the very first day, it was the atmosphere that was created. The fact that we were sharing a great risk and a great dream inevitably united us. And this experience also changed our way of seeing things and helped us in the search for a new perception of the border – for a language, which, without falling into the trap of victimism, was able to transform the monsters of our fears into the heroes of our dreams, the ugly into the beautiful and numbers into names.


ON THE BRIDE’S SIDE has been funded with the biggest crowdfunding campaign ever made in the history of the Italian cinema (Corriere Della Sera, http://bit.ly/1mVFgqP). During 60 days, from the 19th of May to the 17th of July 2014, the production raised 98,151 Euros through Indie- gogo’s website (http://igg.me/at/iostoconlasposa), thanks to the contri- butions of 2,541 funders from 37 Countries all over the world (Argentine, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Egypt, Philippines, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Isra- el, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapo- re, Spain, United States, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand). More over, other 76 funders donated 2,500 Euro outside of the campai- gn terms on Indiegogo, bringing the total funding to 100,651 Euro and the total number of contributors to 2,617 people. This results made On the Bride’s Side one of the most crowd-funded documentary film in the world. The crowdfunding campaign of On the Bride’s Side was reported on more then 108 newspapers, radio, tv channels and website in 10 languages (English, Arabic, Italian, French, Chinese, German, Spanish, Turkish, Swedish and Finnish).




Editor and director. He started his career working in the field of video-art with “Studio Azzurro”. Today he works for tv channels (Sky and Disco- very) and on the scene of the independent cinema productions of Milan.


Writer and independent journalist. In 2006 he founded the observatory of the victims of the borders Fortress Europe and since 2011 he has been covering Arab Springs and the wars in Libya and in Syria.


Poet, literary critic and graphic designer. Palestinian-Syrian, he was born in Damascus in 1979 and he lives in Milan since 2009. He is cur- rently working as the editorial director and graphic designer for the Emiratian Publisher Noon.

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Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry

Gianni Bonardi

Antonio Augugliaro, Marco Artusi, Valentina Bonifacio

Antonio Augugliaro

Lizi Gelber


Tommaso Barbaro


Massimo Mariani


Gabriele Cipolla


Dissòi Lógoi: Tommaso Leddi, Matteo Maltauro, Alberto Morelli, Franco Parravicini, Federico Sanesi, Mc Manar, Mosè - c.o.v.

Marco Garofalo


Gina Films


2,617 crowdfunders

Lettera 27, Amo, Noon publishing house



98 min

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