The Surbiles are women apparently like all the others but who abandon their physical body between sunset and dawn either in their sleep or by means of drugs. They enter houses where children live and suck their blood. In the past, these women were blamed in the villages of Central Sardinia for the sudden and inexplicable death of many children. Some surbiles appear as benevolent figures who protect children from evil ones and fierce battles take place between the immaterial bodies of the two species of surbiles. This film, emerging from an anthropological research, reconstructs and recounts a few of these stories.
• Annecy Cinema Italien 2017: Prima • Locarno Festival 2017: Signs of Life
The second season of Italia DOC is an exciting collaboration between UCL SELCS's Department of Italian and FilmItalia/IstitutoLuce, bringing to London an important series of free screenings of award-winning, contemporary Italian documentaries. All the films will be followed by Q&A sessions with the films' directors.