a six-documentary films-series by Corso Salani

produced by Vivo film

in collaboration with RAI 3 Fuori orario

While the never-ending flux of mass tourism seems to have reached all destinations and taken possession of every distant corner on Earth, a few places are still resisting the assault. Some of them even exist in Europe: spaces where attractions, social contradictions and geographic peculiarities are gathered together. Because such places are unknown to most of us, Borders of Europe traces a journey to forgotten but fascinating corners of the European continent. These marginal areas possess a secret beauty, an intimate “borderline” poetry. Director Corso Salani’s six-stage journey leads him to discover uncertain, forgotten realities. He shows us particular contexts and controversial situations, fascinating for their “borderline” qualities. In some cases, we discover a bridge between different cultures and worlds. Under various pretexts, each journey also involves a different female guide. Together, they represent the multiple faces of femininity. These strongwilled, stubborn, intelligent women are simultaneously travelling companions, accomplices, and even a mirror through which he observes himself. They are sensitive and complex creatures, investigated and laid bare by the movie camera, which captures their skin, mutable as a landscape, reflecting the secret beauty of things.

Borders of Europe #1 Ceuta and Gibraltar

Original title: Confini d’Europa #1 Ceuta e Gibilterra



There’s a place at the end of Europe where, in just a few square kilometers, one finds insoluble political problems, territorial claims, customs inflexibility, economic conflict, and even the threat of war. This sort of thing may be normal in other parts of the world, but these territories belong to two Western European allies, Great Britain and Spain. The UK owns tiny Gibraltar, which is surrounded by Spain. Spain insists Gibraltar is and has always been Spanish. Across the Straits, in Africa, Spain itself owns the city of Ceuta, which is entirely surrounded by Morocco… In Ceuta and Gibraltar it’s up to a young actress from Madrid to discover how life works in such peculiar places. Her task is to collect hints and clues in order to build a fictional character for a hypothetical film to be shot in the border zone.

Produced by

Vivo film in collaborazione con RAI 3 Fuori orario


con Ana Sanchez Gomez


Regia: Corso Salani

Sceneggiatura e montaggio: Vanessa Picciarelli e Corso Salani

Fotografia e riprese: Sebastiano Bazzini

Prodotto da: Gregorio Paonessa per Vivo film

Technical data

Anno: 2006

Durata: 54′

Paese: Italia

Lingua originale: Italiano

Formato: Digital 4/3

International Sales

Vivo film

Italian Distribution

Vivo film