Sofia’s birthday

A birthday spent in an ice-cold cemetery, with a surprising gift. A story inspired by a Japanese Haiku poem.


The birthday of Sophie is the story of a young widow and widower who visit, in a silent and snow covered cemetery, the tombs of their spouses. They meet and fall in love.
The main characters are swept away by a desperate need for affection, fallen a sleep for many years, that calls them to give love another chance.
Life's inexorable and overwhelming force prevails sorrow and the feeling of guilt.
A silent meeting between two human beings coming from different worlds - she from the north and him a man of the south - united by death and by the will of living.


The birthday of Sophie is a simple story where silence and nature play an important role. A chronicle that tells the ending of a winter and the beginning of a love story. No words are spoken between the two characters, only their bodies tell us the grief they are living. Their daily ritual tells us how far away they are from joyful living. In a place where death is playing the main part, nature responds with its sounds, recalls and sweet cruelty. The two main characters cannot resist to this primordial recall and as swept away they abandon themselves to the senses.
Nature calmly observes the happenings of life unrolling, while the human nature, destined to surrender to the ever altering of events, hides and waits for the inevitable change provoked by this meeting. This incapacity of man to control the destiny reflects the constant rebirth of the seasons in life and nature.
The final underlines the wonderful human possibility to overcome sorrow and feeling of guilt, in order to give a new meaning to life. Hope blossoms in the moment when we feel as most dead. A birthday in which the most precious gift is the return to life.

This short film is inspired by the following Haiku poetry :
(freely translated)

In the fields of snow
greenest is the green
of the new grass

KONISHI RAIZAN (1653-1716)




The shortfilm was finished in December 2010
PRIZE "BEST SHORTFILM" Genova Film Festival (Obiettivo Liguria)(Ita)
PRIZE "BEST SHORTFILM" FuoridelComune Festival (Ita)
PRIZE "BEST ACTRESS" PiemonteMovieFestival (Ita)
PRIZE "BEST SOUND" Wordless Film Festival (Ita)
Presented at BiF&est Festival di Bari "Sez. Cinema e Puglia" (Ita)– "Schermi Irregolari 2011″ (Ita) - Festival del Cinema Europeo – Puglia Show (Ita) - Skepto Film Festival (Ita) - Fuori del Comune Film Festival (Ita), Foggia Film Festival (Ita), Trani Film Festival (Ita), International Short Film Festival Detmold (Ger), David di Donatello (Ita), Acquedolci Indipendent Film Festival-AIFF (Ita), Lago Film Festival, Siff (Ita), Salento International Film Festival (Ita), Pentedattilo Film Festival (Ita). Registered in the ShortFilm Corner 2011 – Cannes (Fra) - Marché du Court Métrage – Clermont-Ferrand 2012 (Fra). Registered in the Anica Catalogue 2011 (Catalogue of Italian Short Film Production). Eurochannel has bought the shortfilm for the programmation of 2012/13.


Sofia’s birthday

Directed by

Annika Strøhm, Saba Salvemini, Luca Franco


Annika Strøhm, Saba Salvemini


Annika Strøhm


Annika Strøhm, Saba Salvemini, Luca Franco


Luca Franco


Luca Franco

Sound editor

Filippo Quaglia

Original Music


Production secretary

Serena Maffioli


Areté Ensemble, TIE FILM Produzioni, Zerottanta produzioni


Areté Ensemble, TIE FILM Produzioni


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