Two Italian Films in Panorama
The first 22 titles of Panorama, the parallel section of the Berlinale, have been announced. Among these, two Italian films. Dafne by Federico Bondi, starring Carolina Raspanti, Antonio Piovanelli and Stefania Casini, is produced by Vivo Film. It's story of Dafne, a self-aware and bright young woman with Down syndrome. When her mother dies, she has to attend to her father too, on top of attempting to process her own grief. The second title is Selfie by Agostino Ferrente, a documentary coproduced by Italy and France, and to be distributed by Istituto Luce Cinecittà. The film deals with police violence and the long shadow the Mafia still casts over today’s Italy. Two adolescent Neapolitans portray themselves and their surroundings with their smartphones. Moreover, US documentary Shooting the Mafia by Kim Longinotto is a portrait of the life and work of Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia, who has been documenting the crimes of the Mafia in Palermo for decades.
Roberto Saviano wins the Silver Bear Best Script Award at the 69th Berlinale, along with Maurizio Braucci and director Claudio Giovannesi for Piranhas, based on his own novel.
Federico Bondi’s Dafne wins the Fipresci Prize in the Panorama section of the Berlinale. The film is produced by Vivo Film and Rai Cinema, and will be released by Istituto Luce Cinecittà on March 21st.
A criminal education towards death, like that unrelenting passage from childhood playfulness to adulthood ferocity. Claudio Giovannesi comments on Piranhas, his film based on a novel by Roberto Saviano
The gavage ritual – for which the bride-to-be must gain weight in order to reach an ideal standard of beauty – is at the core of Michela Occhipinti’s Flesh Out, presented in the Panorama section of the Berlinale.