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Between Sisters

Spring Grant 2015 - Post-Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Manu Gerosa / Feature Documentary / Italy, Qatar / 2015 / 78 min / Colour / Original Language: Italian / Interests: Women, Coming of age, Creative Documentary


The two sisters Ornella and Teresa have cared for each other through their whole lives. Teresa is now in her life’s twilight and having problems facing fate, while her memory is slowly fading. Before it’s too late, Ornella decides to confront Teresa with a painful untold story that goes back to their childhood and might change their close bond forever. The film is a warm portrayal of an Italian family, seen through the eyes of Ornella’s son, Manu. With humour and tenderness we discover how time forces us to look behind us and confront ourselves with the choices we have made in life.


Manu Gerosa
Hyne Phlypo

About the Director

Manu Gerosa was born in Rovereto, Italy, in 1975, and graduated with a degree in Contemporary History from the University of Bologna in 2001. He moved to Spain and began working as a director and editor on commercials, documentaries and television series. He co-directed the documentaries ‘Kamenge Northern Quarters’ (2010) and ‘Lion Souls’ (2012). A few years ago, Gerosa moved back to his hometown to work on his new project, ‘Between Sisters’, which won the Docs in Progress Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in 2013, and won a Dok.Incubator Award in 2014.

Production Company Profile

Clin d’Oeil Films is a young and dynamic production company run by Antoine Vermeesch and Hanne Phlypo that focuses on creative documentaries and author-driven films initiated by innovative filmmakers. The company’s filmography includes Bülent Öztürk’s short ‘Houses with Small Windows’ (2010), which was selected for the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival and nominated for a European Film Award, as well as Hanne and Catherine Vuylsteke’s ‘Silent Stories’ (2010) and ‘The Art of Becoming’ (2010), which was nominated for an Ensor and won both the RTBF Award and the Grand Prix at the Festival des Libertés. In 2014, Clin d’Oeil produced Damien Chemin’s documentary series ‘Fanáticos’ and released Teodora Ana Mihai’s ‘Waiting for August’, which was named Best International Documentary at Hot Docs and Best Feature Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and nominated for a European Film Award. Projects currently on the company’s slate include Pieter Van Eecke’s ‘Samuel in the Clouds’, which won Best Pitch at GOOD MOOOV 2014, and Manu Gerosa’s ‘Between Sisters’, which won the Docs in Progress Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in 2013, and a Dok.Incubator Award in 2014.

Oneworld DocuMakers is a new and young production company that supports the work of a group of documentary filmmakers coming from countries all over the world. The growing network of independent filmmakers exchange ideas and stay in constant dialogue in order to support and inspire one other. The company produced Manu Gerosa and Salva Muñoz’s 'Kamenge Northern Quarters’ (2010), which won the Amnesty International Award in Canada; it was followed by Beatrice Möller’s 'Everything We Want’ (2012) and Gerosa and Muñoz’s 'Lion Souls' by (Award winner at 16º Ismailia International Festival for Documentary in Egypt in 2013). This year has seen the completion of production of Gerosa’s 'Between Sisters, which won the Docs in Progress Award at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in 2013 and was part of Dok.Incubator in 2014, and Ryley Grunenwald’s 'The Shore Break’, which won the IDFA WorldView Summer School Award in 2013.

Awards and Festival History


Festival dei Popoli 2015 (WP)
True & False Film Festival 2016
Ambulante Documentary Film Festival 2016
Budapest International Documentary Festival
Anuu-ru Aboro Documentary Film Festival 2016
International Film Week in Valladolid

Theatrical r


Best Film Award and Best Film, Ismailia International Film Festival 2016, Long Documentary Competition


  • Director

    Manu Gerosa

    Oneworld DocuMakers

  • Production Company

    Clin d'Oeil Films

  • Production Company

    OneWorld DocuMakers


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