An intimate documentary from Caterina Tarducci and Riccardo Sartori


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Tied into me is a feature documentary that tells the adventures of an Irish man putting every possible effort to recover his sunken houseboat in Venice after the tragic flood occurred in November 2019. 


The film offers a deep and intimate vision of Venice, embracing cinematic, cinéma vérité style visuals on location while telling a compelling story after the famous flood happened in Venice in 2019, when all the world was watching the Italian city under water. 


Daryl Smith is the main character of this story. Attracted by its beauty, he moved to Venice 5 years ago and started to live on a boat, to feel himself closer to nature. His approach and mindset are disarming: before the flood, he lived in a simplistic life and now he needs to fight for getting back that simplicity.  He can’t simply abandon the sunken boat and start again with another one because he can’t leave an environmental impact for the community to manage.

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"I live a simplistic life, but my simplicity is down there even"

The title aims to convey the indissoluble existing link between Daryl and his boat Gina which is more than a house, it’s the way Daryl feels included in the Italian community. 

Freedom over goods, minimalism, experience la dolce vita in Italy, the wish to change life,  are all topics emerging in the film together with the question we are all asking ourselves: Is Venice really sinking?

Caterina Tarducci - Documentary Director
Riccardo Sartori - Cinematographer


Caterina Tarducci and Riccardo Sartori are independent documentary filmmakers; in 2017 they co-produced the documentary 50 Liters Life, acquired by STV, ERP Greece and Netflix. In 2019 they started the production of Tied into me that finished in 2021. 

Their attention is focused on fiction and non-fiction about environmental and social issues such as the women condition, contemporary society, climate change and sustainable lifestyle.


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At the moment we are submitting the documentary to many Film Festivals around the globe. If you enter your email in the form you will be constantly updated about any change and the path of the film.

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