Trieste shines at night / Trieste é bella di notte

country, year
Italy, 2023


running time

directed by
Andrea Segre, Stefano Collizzolli, Matteo Calore

Italian, Pashto, Urdu

English subtitles

about the film
The film documents the testimonies of migrants who tried to migrate towards Italy via the Balkan route during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Croatian, Slovenian and Italian state authorities prevented them from accessing international protection, pushing them outside the EU territory, back to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The film combines footage taken by migrants on the route, their accounts of the travel upon arriving to Trieste and conflicting statements told by state authorities about the situation. Trieste shines at night is a film about security and the political decision of who is entitled to it.


about the authors
Andrea Segre, Stefano Collizzolli and Matteo Calore are part of an association ZaLab which aim is to produce, distribute and promote social documentaries and cultural projects. 

Matteo Calore (1983) is a videomaker and a director of photography who made his directorial debut with Stefano Collizzolli in 2011, with the film “Our Best Years” which was also screened at FMF. He has been director of photography for shows and documentaries on MTV, SKY, RAI 1, RAI 2, ARTE, Comedy Central and Canale 5. Since 2006 he has been working with director Andrea Segre as a cameraman, director of photography (La Malombra, Il Sangue verde) or chief assistant (Pinuccio Sciola e il cantico delle pietre, Magari le cose cambiano, Io sono Li). He has also been involved in training in the use of Participatory Video (PV). 

Stefano Collizzolli (1978) is a Participatory Video (PV) practitioner. He worked as a project designer and field trainer in PV workshops in Italy (Padova, Bologna, Roma, Eolian Islands), Spain, Palestine, Tunisia and Dominican Republic. He’s a documentary film director and editor. As a lecturer in Sociology of Communication at Padova and Bologna Universities, his main research interest are: visual methodology, migrations and visual identities, and participatory video. He works as a freelance videographer, photographer and graphic designer (communication & corporate image for profit and non-profit organizations) and as a freelance journalist (il manifesto, Diario della settimana, Carta. CartaNordEst, Passages). 

Andrea Segre (1976) is a filmmaker and an educator. He lectures on topics of sociology and communication, ethnographic analysis of AV production and theories of social communication at University of Bologna. Since his first documentary in 1998, Lo sterminio dei popoli zingari, he has always placed focused on ethnicity and people on the margins in his work. In that vein he shot films such as A metà – storie tra Italia e Albania (Half stories between Italy and Albania), L’Albania è donna (Albania is a woman) and Dio era un musicista (God was a musician).

foto: Valeria Fioranti

festivals and awards
– 34th Trieste Film Festival, Italy, 2023

Andrea Segre

– Ime mi je Li (2011)

– Magari le cose cambiano (2009)

– La prima neve (2013)

– L’ordine delle cose (2017)

Stefano Collizzolli

– Se fate i bravi (2022)

– Fuori Classe (2016)

– Il pane a vita (2013)

– I nostri anni migliori (2011)

Matteo Calore

– Welcome Venice (2021)

– The Italian Banker (2021)

– Il pianeta in Mare (2019)