Dina — Trailer

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added: Fri, Aug 25th '17

Documentary filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini captures a sweet love story between two eccentric people who both fall on the autism spectrum in the indie documentary "Dina," for which a trailer has been released.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Dina" follows Dina Buno, a developmentally disabled, yet candid 49-year-old woman from the suburbs of Philadelphia as she embarks on a romance with a kooky middle-aged Walmart door greeter named Scott, who happens to have Asperger's Syndrome.

Forgoing the typical handheld or talking head aesthetic, the film was shot in a cinema verite style by Sickles and Santini, who previously helmed the similarly-styled documentary "Mala Mala."

"Dina" is currently slated for a limited theatrical release on October 6th. Watch the trailer, above.

Dina, an outspoken and eccentric 49-year-old in suburban Philadelphia, invites her fiance Scott, a Walmart door greeter, to move in with her. Having grown up neurologically diverse in a world blind to the value of their experience, the two are head-over-heels for one another, but shacking up poses a new challenge. Scott freezes when it comes to physical intimacy, and Dina, a Kardashians fanatic, wants nothing more than to share with Scott all she's learned about sensual desire from books, TV shows, and her previous marriage. Her increasingly creative forays to draw Scott close keep hitting roadblocks -- exposing anxieties, insecurities, and communication snafus while they strive to reconcile their conflicting approaches to romance and intimacy.

Filmmakers Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini construct seamless vérité scenes that lovingly frame Dina and Scott's vulnerable, yet matter-of-fact romance. Whether at the local nail salon, the warm beaches of Ocean City, Dina's racy bachelorette party, or on honeymoon in the Poconos, Dinacaptures the cadences and candid conversations of a relationship that reexamines the notion of love on-screen.


directed by   Dan Sickles and Antonio Santini

release date   October 6, 2017 (select theaters)

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