Graduation films 2019



2019 - 65' - Neapolitan dialect, Italian (Available subtitles: German, Italian, English)

Anna and Salvatore live in a small isolated village on the hills of southern Italy. Both without a job and without a means of transport, they spend most of their days at home.
Salvatore, an expert fisherman, has to walk for miles just to reach the sea and fish for something to bring to the table. As they sink into poverty day by day, due to the lack of work and the bills to be paid, Anna and Salvatore are forced to sell their possessions, scraping some pennies together to get through the month. The new year is just around the corner and both finally decide to look for a car to get back on track and find a job, even at the cost of further sacrifices; sacrifices that could mark a turning point in their lives: a chance both to get out of the walls they lock themselves up in and to solve the many problems that afflict them every month.

  • Giuseppe Crudele
    • Director

    Giuseppe Crudele

    Giuseppe Crudele was born in Salerno in 1992. After the scientific diploma starts his studies in Communication Sciences (Theories and Techniques in media communication). During the studies attends an annual course for cameraman at the Napoli Film Academy. Follows also other masterclasses in cinematography. In 2016 attends the application for the documentary school ZeLIG in Bolzano. In summer 2017 works as 2nd assistant director on the film “An Uncertain Border” directed by Isabella Sandri and produced by Giuseppe Gaudino. From 2017 to 2019 studies in the directing class at ZeLIG. During the second year of studies he writes and directs Mors Tua, a 50’ documentary film produced by ZeLIG.
  • Marcus Zahn
    • Cinematographer

    Marcus Zahn

    Marcus Zahn was born in 1992 in Quedlinburg, Germany. After high school he moved to Berlin to start a traineeship in a production company. After working in the post production for one year, he later joined the production stage and worked as a cameraman for several TV broadcaster. Now he studies at the ZeLIG film school with specialization in cinematography.
  • Petra Pirandello
    • Editor

    Petra Pirandello

    Petra Pirandello was born in Palermo in 1994. She moved to Rome during high school and started following workshops on theater, cinema and documentary. Since 2016 she is attending the ZeLIG, school for cinema, television and new media in Bolzano, specializing in editing. She did internships as an assistant editor and sound recordist, and worked on several film projects. Her last work is the documentary film Mors Tua, directed by Giuseppe Crudele and produced by ZeLIG, for which she did the edit and the sound.


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Director's note

“Malacqua” is an observational documentary, which draws a portrait of the life of Anna and Salvatore; a portrait of their daily resistance and their struggle in searching for something better for themselves, fighting day after day not to succumb to their poverty.
Following the daily routine of the two protagonists with a constant handheld camera, the film creates an intimate relationship between the characters and the viewer, physical and emotional. Precisely by exploring their moments of intimacy and their way of taking care of each other the film seeks to emphasize their strength: in the moments of lightness in which comedy beats tragedy. In their simple wish to buy a new car, to finally get out of the house, lies a deeper dream of a better life.

Technical data

Country of production: Italy
Shooting Format(s): HD 1080@25p
Original Master Format: HD 1080@25p
Aspect ratio: 2.05:1 (to set manually in projection)
Screening Format: DCP, Apple ProRes or any on request
Audio Format: Stereo (2.0)
Running time: 65’
Subtitles available: German / Italian / English


Director: Giuseppe Crudele
Cinematographer: Marcus Zahn
Editor: Petra Pirandello
Soundrecordist: Aaron Beitz
Sound design: Riccardo Spagnol
Written by: Giuseppe Crudele, Petra Pirandello


ZeLIG is located in Bolzano, Italy, a multilingual city where different cultures live together. The school is a place of exchange for students, teachers and film professionals from all over the world.
At ZeLIG the spoken languages are German, Italian and English. This creative approach to linguistic variety opens the gates to the international markets and to future opportunities.