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Nilde Iotti, il tempo delle donne

by Peter Marcias
Italy, 2020, 80', color, DCP
Monday 07 September 2020
18:30 Teatro Goldoni Reservation required on www.giornatedegliautori.com starting from August 31st

screenplay
Peter Marcias
cinematography
Martina Cocco
editing
Marco Guelfi

music
Paolo Fresu
sound
Daniele Cutrufo
Fabio Russo
Davide Sardo
Guido Spizzico
Fabio Aquila
costumes
Ursula Patzak
production design
Antonella Panini

with
Paola Cortellesi

production
Mario Mazzarotto
productions
Ganesh Produzioni
Movimento Film

with the support of
MiBACT
and
Regione Emilia-Romagna
E-R Film Commission
Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission-Filming Cagliari
BPER Banca
in collaboration with
AAMOD
Società Umanitaria Cineteca Sarda

italian
press office
Mimmo Morabito
info@mimmomorabito.it



Thanks to archive material, reminiscences by those who knew her, and her own reflections vividly recited by actress Paola Cortellesi, the personal story and political career of Nilde Iotti transcends the biographical and touches the core of our own lives today - lives made better by Iotti's courage, which defied taboos and emancipated Italy's civil society. The inspiring story of Nilde Iotti belongs to us all. The film acquaints us with her nobility of spirit as well as the controversies surrounding this emblematic twentieth-century figure who did so much for women and the collectivity.




 

Filmography

2020 Nilde Iotti, il tempo delle donne [doc]
2018 L'unica lezione [short]
2018 Uno sguardo alla Terra [doc]
2017 Silenzi e parole [doc]
2017 Strollica [short]
2016 Il mio cane si chiama vento [short]
2015 La nostra quarantena
2014 Sono uguali in vacanza [short]
2013 Tutte le storie di Piera [doc]
2012 Il mondo sopra la testa [short]
2012 Dimmi che destino avrò
2011 I bambini della sua vita
2010 Liliana Cavani, una donna nel cinema [doc]
2008 Un attimo sospesi
2007 Ma la Spagna non era cattolica? [doc]
2006 Bambini [fragment: Sono Alice]
2004 Il canto delle cicale [short]
2003 Olivia [short]





What prompted me to make the documentary Nilde Iotti, il tempo delle donne was a desire to tell the story of a great woman and a major figure in 20th-century Italy, drawing on an abundance of archival material that attests to her political and civic commitment. From there, the idea evolved into that of portraying not so much the political figure but "the woman and her times": Nilde Iotti and her remarkable ability to inspire all women and move them to the forefront of post-war Italy and the country today, with the aim of giving this generation of women the motivation to create a future that fully embraces their rights and values. I started with the recollections of Iotti's childhood friends from Reggio Emilia: Ione Bartoli, Loretta Giaroni and Eletta Bertani. Observational cinema, above all, and direct interviews that reveal the young Iotti and the Resistance and merge with the experience of a current Italian actress, Paola Cortellesi, who plays herself learning to ‘communicate' with Iotti's words and ideas as she travels through Emilia Romagna. Along with fundamental memories and observations by key players in Italian politics in Iotti's time (Giorgio Napolitano and the current President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella), as well as film and theater personalities, such as Piera Degli Esposti, Cecilia Mangini, Edda Billi and others directly or indirectly involved with Iotti's career. The documentary genre meets present-day Italy in an all-female narrative that shows how Italy has changed.

Peter Marcias (Oristano, 1977) started out by directing a number of short films, including Olivia, Il canto delle cicale and Sono Alice, which premiered at an array of international festivals, including Taipei, Giffoni, Istanbul and São Paulo. He went on to make his first feature film, Un attimo sospesi (2008), starring Paolo Bonacelli, Nino Frassica and Ana Caterina Morariu, followed by I bambini della sua vita (2011), which earned Piera Degli Espositi the Globo d'Oro. In 2012, Marcias' film Dimmi che destino avrò was presented at the Torino Film Festival. In 2015 his film La nostra quarantena, starring Francesca Neri, was a special event at the Pesaro Festival of New Cinema and was shortlisted for the Silver Ribbons. Marcias has also directed a number of documentaries, such as Liliana Cavani, una donna nel cinema (2010), screened at Giornate degli Autori and the Moscow Film Festival; Tutte le storie di Piera (2013), which premiered at the Torino Film Festival and won a Special Silver Ribbon; along with Ma la Spagna non era cattolica? (2007) and Silenzi e parole (2017) both about LGBT rights. In 2018 his documentary A Look at the Earth premiered at the Trieste Film Festival and the London and Guangzhou documentary film festivals. Marcias was back at Giornate the same year to present his short L'unica lezione. Artistic, social and political issues are the underlying threads of all of his films.




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