The land you belong

Cannes Docs

Project curated by: When East Meets West

The land you belong

Original title: The land you belong

Directed by: Elena Rebeca Carini

Produced by: Matteo Pecorara (Small Boss, Italy)

Country of production: Italy, Belgium, Romania

Runtime: 70', 52'

Expected release: June 2022

Production stage: Production

Budget: €356,000

Budget in place: 51%

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Funding, Pre-buys, Festivals


Elena, Italian by adoption but born in Romania, is about to turn 30 years old and feels the need to discover the missing piece of her story: her biological family. To do so, she decided to make a journey by car from Piacenza to Bucharest with an unusual and surprising travel companion: her newfound brother Gerard. Siblings and at the same time perfect strangers.

Director’s profile:

Elena Rebeca Carini, born in 1990, grew up in Piacenza in Emilia-Romagna but studied in Milan, Rome and abroad. She graduated in Visual Arts at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and in Cinematographic Art at the Rome University of Fine Arts, where she realise several short films. Since 2012 he has been training professionally in cinema through practical courses, artistic residencies and experience on set, in different roles, working with authors such as Sergio Rubini, Daniele Ciprì, Manetti Bros., Gianni Amelio and Marco Bellocchio, Mimmo Calopresti. The land you belong is her directorial debut.

Producer’s profile:

After having produced as independent Jali Road and Buracos – the first two documentaries by Matteo Ferrarini – Matteo Pecorara founded Small Boss in 2014, for which he manages fundraising and public relations with commissioning editors. His responsibility is also to accompanying the projects through the current market realities as well as the expectations of Small Boss’ partners. In 2021 he hold a training course on documentary production at the University of Parma.