The Apgar score is a documentary directed by Valentina Noya which goes through four generations of her family, weaving together home movies shot by her grandfather, the director Fiorenzo Serra, passing through twenty years of 8mm home movies, images of the family houses, forty years correspondence between Fiorenzo and his wife, poetries of his youth, hundreds of pictures. Through the genogram's categories such as myths, “packages”, flags and suitcases Valentina observes how family nuclei evolves from a biological point of view, how the relations change and perpetuate following social decrees and how the deviance is often hidden. Two generations are indeed marked by psychic disorder: Simonetta and Antonio – protagonist of the home movies, and Valentina and Andrea. Both of women are sisters of men with psychic disorders. The work of Serra has been officially declared as historically relevant from the Italian Minister of Culture, which has also recognized Serra as the most important director and ethnographic Sardinian documentarist.

The aim of the documentary is to retrace the history, the myths, the intimate and artistic heritage left by her grandfather. Through the observance of her mother's relationship with her brother, Valentina wants to retrace her own relation. In this movie, the presence of the mental illness as a destabilizing element of a system, at the same time represents the creative one, and brings memory: the schizophrenic uncle, brother of Valentina's mother – Simonetta - has indeed saved and stored the family movies as well as the poetries of his father. In front of the contemporary decay of the classic familiar structures, based on the conspicuous number of members, this documentary represents a sort of disenchanted and ironic fresco of the past, where Sardinia appears like the Eden compared to the globalized reality, and to the contemporary age of egoism and solitude.

Valentina Noya
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund - sviluppo dicembre 2017
Laborafilm (Lidia La Rosa)