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by Elisa Fuksas
Italy, 2021, 84', color
Screenplay: Elisa Fuksas, Monica Rametta
11:15 Sala Perla All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
21:00 Cinema Rossini Tickets

Simone D'Arcangelo
Emanuele Zarlenga
Michelangelo Garrone

Giampiero Musio
Alessandro Lai
Lorenza Tanghetti

Ornella Vanoni
Elisa Fuksas
Paolo Fresu
Vinicio Capossela
Samuele Bersani

Moreno Zani
Malcom Pagani
Mario Gianani
Lorenzo Gangarossa

Wildside group company Fremantle
Indiana Production

A retro spa resort, a hotel out of the 1940s, a place that moves the present somewhere else, but where? This isn't the life of singer Ornella Vanoni; it's the revelation of her intimacy that is on show. Her energy, her personality, her music. Fuksas, the director, films it all, no holds barred even the arguments. Then there are the encounters with friends, musicians, and Paolo Fresu's trumpet that reverberates in the empty halls of the large hotel, with its daily routine of treatments and therapies: it is here that the story takes shape, past and future both, while Ornella is poised to become a fantastical creature, groomed for eternity.



2021 Senza fine (doc)
2020 iSola (doc)
2019 The App
2018 ALBE. A Life Beyond Earth (doc)
2015 Black Mirror. A Journey With Mat Collishaw (doc)
2015 La Nuvola. Work in Progress (doc)
2014 Chinese Honeymoon (doc)
2012 Nina
2010 FFR: For Future Reference (doc)
2009 L'Italia del nostro scontento
(segment: Green, doc)
2007 Please Leave a Message (short)

"Me: What does making a film about you mean? She: A film about my life, real up to a point, then unreal. Like a fairy tale: it's wonderful to end life as a fairy tale. That's how this film came into being, with the search for the proper remove to tell the story of Ornella Vanoni: performer, actress, mother, daughter, woman. Her fragility, courage, good cheer, and music, lots of music. Objectivity and intimacy are intertwined: the film I have in mind and the one that then comes to me dialogue with each other, in a language that is clear and impossible in turn the result is a third film that encapsulates both. The remoteness of the legend is interrupted by the immediacy of the cellphone; confessions are confounding, within and without; on-camera and off-camera are the same story. Ornella leaves you no time to think; you can only act, only to discover that doing is a way of thinking. And a way of telling a fairy tale, but also the tale of a life." [Elisa Fuksas]

Elisa Fuksas (Rome, 1981) is a director and an author. Her documentaries include L'Italia del nostro scontento, FFR: For Future ReferenceBlack Mirror: A Journey With Mat Collishaw, and ALBE, a sci-fi doc. Her first feature film Nina, starring Luca Marinelli and Diane Fleri, came out in 2012. In 2019 she directed The App for Netflix. Fuksas has published three novels, the most recent of which, Ama e fai quello che vuoi, addresses her religious faith. In 2020 she directed iSola, a documentary made entirely with an iPhone that premiered at Giornate degli Autori.

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