Freely inspired by true events, "Apatride" (Stateless) is the story of Jonas, a Stateless Lithuanian who had arrived in Milano during the collapse of the Soviet Union, and is forced to live without any identity papers. And it is in this Kafkaesque situation that Jonas manages to attain a degree from Bocconi University, while living at the Caritas shelter.
The film portrays the love story that unexpectedly blossoms between Jonas and Ginevra, a young and willful film maker who, armed with a handycam, decides to "immortalize" the mindboggling obstacles Jonas must face in his normal, day-to-day existence.
In the play of crisscrossing looks among perfect strangers in a metropolis, one rarely asks for the name of a person whose eyes have startled and made an impression. We might never know where he is from and where he is going, nor why at times he appears to be hiding, or what his routine existence is like... But as of a few days, Ginevra has followed up precisely on such curiosities. Over the span of a few days, she has filmed a boy, Jonas, with her video camera, several times - and always careful not to be noticed, she has gathered bits of information, and has come to the conclusion, right at the start of things, that he will be the one to take her far from where she lives, and will allow her to fulfill her ambitions…
DIRECTOR’ S NOTES
In the world there are 10 million people who do not have a homeland, or state-recognized citizenship and who do not own an ID. They live at the borders of society, lacking all basic rights. They are the "Apatride" (Stateless).
The project springs from a need to raise awareness about these people: who exactly they are and how they live as an army of "invisible" men and women. The film inserts the story in the context of the campaign: "I Belong," which the High Commission of the United Nations had launched to eradicate statelessness from the world, in 2014, the year in which the story of this film takes place.
Reflections and sentiments, the harmonies and clashes of two opposite universes such as the Capitalist West and ex-Soviet Socialism come to the fore through a love story which aims to delve deeper into the identity of both.
The film avails itself of various styles of lensing, which lend a particular rhythm to the story.