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by Diego Pascal Panarello


After years drifting, Diego returns to his hometown in Sicily. His dream of becoming a musician has not worked out. He has no job, no plans for the future and he’s broken up with his girlfriend. Staring at the rusted wrecks in the town’s harbour he’s bewitched by a mystical sound: an ancient musical instrument, the mouth harp, points the way. So starts an incredible voyage of redemption from the torrid coasts of Sicily to the frozen flatlands of Yakutia in Siberia where the instrument is a spiritual tool and national symbol. Diego meets the “masters” and through them learns that his journey completes part of an ancient prophecy. The sound of happiness is at last there.

international title: The Strange Sound Of Happiness
original title: Lo strano suono della felicità
country: Italy, Germany
sales agent: Deckert Distribution
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Diego Pascal Panarello
film run: 90'
screenplay: Diego Pascal Panarello
cinematography by: Matteo Cocco
film editing: Enrica Gatto, Carmen Kirchweger
music: Bartolomeo Sailer
producer: Edoardo Fracchia, Jörg Bundschuh
production: Stefilm, Kick Film GmbH
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