Swing Ride, sophomore feature by Chiara
Bellosi, penned by Maria Teresa Venditti and Luca De Bei, to be released in
Italy by Luce Cinecittà, is in the official selection of the 72nd
Berlin Film Festival, in competition in the Panorama section.
It’s a comeback to Berlin for
Bellosi, who presented her acclaimed debut Ordinary Justice in Generation
in 2020. The cast include Gaia Di Pietro (for the first time on screen),
Andrea Carpenzano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Giandomenico Cupaiuolo, Alessio Praticò,
and Francesca Antonelli.
“Swing Ride was a complicated
film to make, a delicate and important one,” states Carlo Cresto-Dina,
who produced the film for tempesta with Valeria Jamonte and Manuela Melissano –
“from the beautiful script by Maria Teresa Venditti and Luca De Bei, Chiara
Bellosi made a deep and unique film. Following her debut in Generation +14, we
are extremely happy to be back to Berlin, this time in the Panorama section.”
Maybe it’s true that one grows up as
if on a swing ride. And it’s true that when the ride goes fast, it seems like
if we’re flying and we don’t want to get off ever again. That’s what happens to
Benedetta when she meets Amanda and decides to follow her in her stray world.
Bellosi (1973) graduated in drama from the Civica Scuola D’Arte Drammatica
Paolo Grassi in Milan. She
directed an episode for the collective film Checosamanca produced by
Carlo Cresto-Dina for Eskimosa and Rai Cinema. She attended the master course
Filmmaker – Documentary as Gaze organized by IED-Venezia and worked on a few
documentaries. Ordinary Justice is her debut feature and had its world premiere
in the Generation +14 section of the Berlinale 2020. Swing Ride
is her second film.
Swing Ride is a tempesta production with Rai
Cinema in coproduction with Tellfilm (CH), RSI Radiotelevisione svizzera and
supported by MIC – Cinema Directorate General, UFC and Regione Lazio. It will
be distributed in Italy by Luce Cinecittà. For the production of the film,
tempesta abided by EcoMuvi, an international discipline for environmental sustainability
certified for film production. The script won the Franco Solinas Best Script Award
in 2018 and the scholarship Claudia Sbarigia 2018, dedicated to talents willing
to tell female characters and their universe.