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Les Unwanted de Europa

Gli indesiderati d'Europa

Directed by Fabrizio Ferraro
Spain, Italy, 2018
History, Drama
  • French
  • English, French, Italian, Spanish
Direct from Rotterdam


The film portrays the last days in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin in the South-Eastern Pyrenees, where in 1939 the Catalan republicans were escaping to France, but a year later foreigners, Jews and anti-fascists were trying to escape in the opposite direction from ‘collaborationist’ France.

Our take

Our next Rotterdam pick is a road movie of sorts, with hints of Béla Tarr’s cinema, and philosopher Walter Benjamin as its hero. Drawing a parallel between different forms of fascism, The Unwanted delves into the meaning of exile by confronting human vulnerability with the immensity of landscape.

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Critics reviews

What we see happening on the screen is anything but an attempt to fill a biographical gap in Benjamin’s life; Ferraro’s approach is concrete, grounded, in constant dialogue with nature and feeding deeply on its humus.
December 20, 2018
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