Sara Fgaier

Sara Fgaier

The protégée

Published in 2013

Italian film editor Sara Fgaier has been critically recognized for her sensitivity, meticulousness and creativity. “[She] deserves particular praise for crafting an outstanding example of the selection and interpolation of multisource material,” noted Hollywood Reporter. An inveterate film-goer from a young age, Fgaier, although having studied film at Bologna University, describes herself as being self-taught. She learned to edit by watching great movies, including those of mentor Walter Murch, whom she has considered a “distant mentor” from the time she was given his book, In the Blink of an Eye. “His text was an important guide in my ‘baptism of fire’,” she says of her first editing job on La bocca del lupo (The Mouth of the Wolf, 2009), the award-winning documentary on which she also worked as archival researcher and first assistant director with director Pietro Marcello. In 2011, she edited Marcello’s Il silenzio di Pelešjan (The Silence of Pelešjan), followed by Michele Manzolini and Federico Ferrone’s Il treno va a Mosca (The Train to Moscow), in 2013. Observing Murch edit the documentary Particle Fever allowed Fgaier “to observe, as a privileged witness, the director-editor dynamics and ways of working together and alone to find solutions”.