Nominated for the European Film Academy’s 2018 Youth Audience Award, Girl in Flight is the story of 11-year old Silvia whose life at home is consumed by her mother’s clinical depression. When no one will take the time to fulfill her dream to visit Rome, she runs away, determined to see it for herself. On the train she meets a Roma girl, Emina, and begins following her through the streets of Rome to her gypsy camp. Shot in a real Roma camp using non-actors, the film also features the Italian stars Donatella Finocchiaro and Filippo Nigro. Beautiful imagery, captured by award-winning cinematographer Vladan Radovic (Donatello award for Anime Nere, 2015), reflects the tender, frightening and exciting emotional journey of a courageous young girl trying to come into her own.

Director’s Biography

SSandra is an independent film director and writer. She was born and raised in Italy near Florence, and received her B.F.A. in Film and Television from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has written and directed several short films, including Back Waters, winner of NYU’s Nestor Almendros Award, Sunday Morning, broadcast on the Independent Film Channel and shown at the Festival Nazionale of Sansepolcro. Nick, her latest short, shot in Harlem New York, premiered at The Huesca International Film Festival in Spain and was shown at the Concorso Nazionale Valdarno Cinema where it won the Unica prize. Sandra also worked as a writer’s assistant to David Chase, the creator and writer of the renowned American television series The Sopranos and the writer/director of the Paramount Pictures movie, Fade Away.


Sandra Vannucchi