The call

Italy, 2017, 57 min.


Enrico Maisto




Slingshot Films


Jacopo Loiodice


Start, Rai Cinema

Italian citizens can be called to serve on juries for certain criminal cases. They are randomly selected by a computer system and don’t get much time to think it over. One morning 60 Italians take their place in a Court of Assizes. The camera never gives an overview shot, but always films each individual in close-up. Their whispers, nervous questions, funny comments and discomfort are all captured and brought together in a soft cacophony full of reflection on this civic duty. A drawn-out criminal case from 1974 and the judge’s claim that no one needs to be scared of the mafia lend an extra dimension to this fascinating cinematic observation.

2017 Festival dei Popoli (Italy) – World Premiere, Audience Award
IDFA (Netherlands) – Competition for Mid-Length Documentary
2018 HotDocs International Documentary FF (Canada) – Best Mid-Lenght Documentary Award
Budapest IDFF (Hungary) – You’re Responsible Competition
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Enrico Maisto

Born in Milan in 1988. Graduated from the University of Milan (Aesthetical Philosophy). In 2008 took part as a trainee director in the shooting of Marco Bellocchio’s movie To Win, it was his first approach to the documentary genre. In 2014 his first feature documentary film, Comandante, won the Premio Aprile at the Milan IFF. Since 2016 has been the coordinator of the movie section at the San Fedele Cultural Foundation in Milan.

Selected filmography

2014 Comandante