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Germany / 108' / 09/2023 / narrative

Arthur & Diana are siblings. Together with Diana's 2-year-old son, they leave Berlin for Paris for a small, relaxed trip to do the annual safety inspection of their old rusty Renault. But the journey will not be relaxed, the direction not Paris and whether the car will go along is all too questionable...

“Writer-director Sara Summa stars alongside her real-life brother Robin Summa, in this playful auto-fictional road trip from Berlin to Paris.”
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“Writer-director Sara Summa stars alongside her real-life brother Robin Summa, in this playful auto-fictional road trip from Berlin to Paris.”
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Sara Summa


Sara Summa (Paris, 1988) was born in an Italian family in France. Since her early childhood she participated in numerous film and theater projects. In 2011 she finished her master’s degree in film, for which she studied in France, Italy and the USA. She has lived and worked in Berlin since then, where she studied directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. After several short films, her first feature length film “The Last to See Them” celebrated its world premiere at the 69th Berlinale. The film subsequently screened at numerous festivals worldwide and won awards for Best Director and Best Feature. In 2020, Sara won the German cultural institution BKM’s Screenplay Grant for her project A Safe Place.


2023: Arthur&Diana – feature
2021: Wenn in einer Winternacht zwei Reisende – short, 17 minutes
2019 : Gli ultimi a vederli vivere (The Last To See Them) – feature, 80 minutes
2018: Mes amies – mid-length, 37 minutes
2017: Große Erwartungen – short, 4 minutes
2016: Vers l’Océan (2016) – short, 21 minutes
2015: Contre les bonnes mœurs, la vie – short, 19 minutes
2014: Ricordi, la spiaggia – short, 10 minutes
2013: Late One Night – short, 7 minutes

Square Eyes - Copyright: Norman Wong
Copyright: Norman Wong


Director: Sara Summa
Screenplay: Sara Summa
Producer: Cecilia Trautvetter, Lisa Roling
Cinematographer: Faraz Fesharaki
Sound: Nuno Barroso
Sound design: Michael Holz
Editor: Sara Summa
Composer: Ben Roessler
Production Designer: Paula Meuthen
Costumes: Leonie Minor

Lupo: Lupo Piero Summa
Arthur: Robin Summa
Diana: Sara Summa
Zora: Livia Antonelli
Betty: Claire Loiseau
Patrick: Benjamin Schwinn
Mathieu: Ugo Fiore
Uncle Silvio: Herward Dunkel
Police Woman: Karine Revelant
Salesman: Fatah Boudia

Presented by: Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB)


  • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada (7 – 17 September, 2023)
  • Athens International Film Festival, Greece (27 September – 8 October 2023)
    International Competition
  • Seminci – Valladolid Int. Film Festival, Spain (21 – 28 October, 2023)
    Meeting Point Official Selection Competition Won: Special Jury Prize – Punto de Encuentro
  • Mar del Plata Int. Film Festival, Argentina (2 – 12 November, 2023)
    International Competition
    Won: Jury Prize for the Best Interpretation
  • Pame Film Festival, Nepal (27 – 31 December, 2023)
    Official Selection
  • Trieste Film Festival, Italy (19 – 27 January, 2024)
    Fuori dagli Schermi – Off the Beaten… Screens
  • Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Germany (22 – 28 January, 2024)


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & directors photos: Click here

Dialogue list English, English + Descriptive Audio, German & French: Click here

Trailer: Click here

Excerpts and trailer: Click here

Press quotes

“it’s the kind of small auteurist cinema where a small degree of difference has an outsize impact; programming a film like this is doing the work.”
Review: Vadim Razor – Filmmaker Magazine

“Arthur&Diana‘s grainy picture provides a beautiful sense of home movies, especially with multiple interludes of montages or long shots while the characters talk above them. […] Existing in that middle ground only adds to the appeal: the playful nature of its leads’ dynamic conjures memories of our own family outings. If the result may seem somewhat slight, it resonates nonetheless.”
Review: Jared Mobarak – The Film Stage

“It is very much Summa’s love letter to the 70s era of independent filmmaking, and the script allows her to be open to a variety of options in exploring stories. And as Summa and her team prove, stories can be told through the simplest of occurrences.”
Review: Amartya Acharya – High on Film

Arthur & Diana bridges the barrier between documentary and fiction incredibly well by weaving real-life footage into its scenes to great effect. […] by combining it with the genuine conversations that the siblings have with one another, a beautiful and harmonious chemistry happens between the two. The technique is an extremely subtle one, but one that will intrigue even the fussiest of palates.”
Review: John McDonald – DMovies

“a subtle, humorous, often contemplative story of everyday life. Life becomes little dramas that connect into a joyous moment of reflection and thanks.”

“The film is a visual and auditory treat with a beautiful score, lovely unobtrusive sets and backgrounds that make one feel you are on the trip, and the ever-present theme of eating.”

“Arthur&Diana has a freedom and flow to the story, like the French New Wave titles that clearly influenced this. The camera observes and offers us, the audience, to stay participating up to the last shot. Real family provides a unique way to tell a story, with this one being semi-fictional. Still, the immediacy of the actors is a joy to behold right up to the song that plays over the credits. You may find yourselves joining in and looking at your little section of the world with a smile.”
Review: Terry Sherwood – Film Threat

“Relaxed in its narrative structure and in the style of the cinema of the Spanish Jonás Trueba, the film, oriented to the world of emotions, seems like a collection of sketches of a family life.”
Review: Dimitris Babas –

“Sara Summa excels in all four roles she’s assumed, filling the film with authenticity and sincerity throughout. As a writer, she is more than able to convince us that she is the one looking for the answers, along with us in the audience, all the while shifting fluidly and logically between three languages to tell her story. As a director, she is not afraid to take on the difficult task of filming around a toddler, a being that is unable to stay focused for long, while maintaining control over other aspects. As an actress, she gives herself completely and creates a strong chemistry with her brother (his acting experience also helps here) and her son. Finally, as an editor, she controls the rhythm of the film, while her weaving of some purely observational documentary sequences into the fabric of the fiction film is masterful.[…] In the end, Arthur & Diana is a sincere, warm, introspective experience that showcases the multitude of Sara Summa’s talents.”
Review: Marko Stojiljković – Cineuropa

“There is a Kodachrome aesthetic to the colour palette that gives the imagery a family home movie feel, especially when travelling inside of the car where the camera is like another passenger.  The same can be said of the editing which has an in-the-moment quality.  The sound design and music are not intrusive and avoid overtly stating what the mood is for particular scenes.  The camera and audience are allowed to stretch their legs in intervals which provides an opportunity to change up the dynamics by introducing new characters and environments beyond the vehicle’s confines.  The sophomore feature for Summa displays a light touch which is refreshing to see
Review: Trevor Hogg – Live for Films