The Heavens

Short film

The Heavens

Manuel Marini
2020 | 12′ | o.v. Italian

Lucia owns a family olive grove, The Heavens, together with her brother Donato, but her trees have stopped producing as they once did because of a parasite that caused most of the trees to dry out. In a difficult process of acceptance, Lucia embarks on a journey between present and past where her identity as a human being is at stake.


Born in Salento (Italy) in 1988, Manuel Marini grew up in Rome. During his studies in Netherlands he worked with several film productions and started directing music videos. In 2015 Manuel graduated from a Communication Bachelor degree in Amsterdam and he moved back to Rome to study screenwriting. In 2016 he took part in a Directing course at the EICTV in Cuba. In 2017 his short film Olvidate de eso entirely shot in Old Havana, was selected by many film festivals around the world. In 2018 he was selected by the Los Angeles advertising agency 72andSunny to be one of their international team of creative.

Screenplay: Manuel Marini, Paolo Tepatti
Cinematography: Edoardo Carlo Bolli
Editing: Manuel Marini
Music: Marco De Pascale
Sound: Ivano Staffieri, Daniele Mariani
Production Design: Paolo Tepatti
Make-Up: Gaia Santoro
Cast: Celeste Casciaro, Salvatore Della Villa, Anna Boccadamo, Arcangela Maria Winspeare
Producers: Pietro Manigrasso‚Äč, Manuel Marini, Edoardo Carlo Bolli, Paolo Tepatti, Ivan Brienza, Augusto Pelliccia
Production: Sinossi Film, Apulia Film Commission
Festivals & International Distribution: Lights On Film