Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Cast: Linda Caridi, Filippo Dini, Alessio Practico, Perla Ambrosini, Maurizio Fanin, Federica Fracassi
Length: 96 mins
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: In Italian with English subtitles
A sumptuous cinematic portrait of an under-appreciated artist, Antonia takes us to 1930s Fascist Italy, specifically Milan, and puts us in the shoes of poet Antonia Pozzi (1912–1938) – a woman at odds with the bourgeois world in which she lived. Despite her brilliance, she would not be published in her lifetime.
From the affair with her former high school teacher to the passes made at her best female friend, this film introduces us to the people who touched or hurt her most. Her poems record her inability to adapt to social norms, as well as her desire to live fully, functioning as an escape from reality and her own complex soul.
Produced by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash), directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino and impressionistically shot by Palme D’Or winner Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Antonia is as lyrical and poetic as the tragic figure sharing its name.
Special Mention, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015
Empire Cinema, Wellington
Sunday 5 November, 12.00pm
Monday 13 November, 4.30pm