Director: Kevin Merz

Switzerland, Documentary, 2012 m, 50 min, italian with lithuanian subtitles, N-13

Stefano Terranova died in an accident, on September 11, 2009, whilst crossing the railroad tracks, at the train station “Paradiso”. Shaken by the loss of his close friend Terra, director Kevin Merz started looking at old images, remembering the experiences they had together. The friends first started filming in 1994 as teenagers immersed in the skater scene. Terra was a unique young man, sensitive, and radical in his views: a gifted artist who struggled with a heavy drug addiction. This film was created using years of archive material, along with new footage from the weeks after his death. Through the story of Terra the audience gains an intimate glimpse into subculture in a provincial town in Switzerland: a moving reflection on friendship, addiction, and the turmoil of finding one’s way in life.

About the director:

Kevin Merz was born in 1978 in Zurich, Switzerland. He studied photography at the Italian Institute of Photography and Film at the Los Angeles Film School, focusing on directing, cinematography and screenwriting. He undertook apprenticeships with filmmakers Peter Fleishmann, Wolfgang Lindroos and cinematographer Ueli Steiger. Since 2006 he has worked as an independent filmmaker. “Terra” is director’s fourth documentary and sixth film in total.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Kevin Merz

Dir. of Photography: Kevin Merz

Music: Samir Samperisi, Diego Ricco