The Strange Sound of Happiness


Scotiabank Theatre 7 Mon, Apr 30, 2018 5:30 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Wed, May 2, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Italy
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Music & Musicians
Personal Histories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Diego Pascal Panarello
Producer(s):Edoardo Fracchia
Elena Filippini
Stefano Tealdi
Joerg Bundschuh
Editor(s):Enrica Gatto
Carmen Kirchweger
Writer(s):Diego Pascal Panarello
Cinematography:Matteo Cocco
Composer:Bartolomeo Sailer
Sound:Danilo Romancino
Michael Haesters
Sorin Apostol


How does a loveable Sicilian loser end up learning to play an ancient pocket-sized harp from a mythical master in the frozen Siberian wilds? Fantastically imaginative and delightfully self-effacing, filmmaker Diego Pascal Panarello crafts an endearing look at his own quasi-magical mid-life crisis. After getting dumped by his girlfriend, the out-of-work musician heads back home to mom and dad in Sicily, looking for a sign of what to do with his life. A fateful dream leads him to a marranzano, the tiny centuries-old instrument whose enchanting sound resonates around him, ringing out from the buzz of cicadas and his electric razor. Transported, he literally follows its siren call to Siberia and studies under its legendary master, learning not only how to play but how to be happy again. Irreverent, comical and pulsing with musical energy, this quirky tale of self-discovery shows how a universal sound can bring a young man's imagination back to life. Myrocia Watamaniuk

Co-presented with Italian Trade Commission.

The Changing Face of Europe program presented in partnership with European Film Promotion (EFP). Film recommended by EFP member Istituto Luce Cinecittà. [More]