Trieste, 1973. In the empty ward of the insane asylum San Giovanni, a group of artists builds Marco Cavallo: a large horse made of wood and papier-mâché that ideally contains the dreams of the inmates. The horse will travel throughout Italy to all the psychiatric secure units for the criminally insane. Thirteen days, 4418 kilometers (2745 miles), and sixteen cities to remind society that the mad man who committed a crime is also a man in need of care and cure.
Erika Rossi (Trieste, Italy, 1974) specialized in Audiovisual Media Studies at Università Cattolica di Milano. In 2004 she started working as a writer for Rai3, directing documentaries like Porrajmos, a forza di essere vento and Navighiamo a vista. She has been collaborating as a filmmaker with the department of mental health of Trieste since 2005, and in 2012 she produced and directed the documentary Trieste racconta Basaglia, which won the Trieste Film Festival.
Porrajmos, a forza di essere vento (doc., 2004), Questioni di Pelle (doc., 2005) Navighiamo a vista (doc., 2007), Trieste racconta Basaglia (doc., 2012).
Giuseppe Tedeschi (Merano, Bolzano, Italy, 1976) studied at the Zelig School for Documentary, Television and New Media. His documentaries include Eurotel (which was presented at the Festival dei Popoli) and The Small Kingdom of Lo (which received an award at the Trento Film Festival). He has worked as an assistant and as a second on several films and documentaries.
Eurotel (doc., 2007), The Small Kingdom of Lo (doc., 2010).
“In a country that has been indifferent for too long, where the political debate is often reduced to chatter, it is almost impossible to hear the voices of those who have been reduced to silence by an old fascist law, locked away in facilities that restrain them without providing actual treatment. For these people, time seems to have stopped the moment they were convicted. The film explores the untamed resilience of those who do not want to give up in the face of injustice through the strength of a symbol born forty years ago, Marco Cavallo. Its power still reveals the discrepancies of an anachronistic form of psychiatry, a decrepit legal code, and the need for a fresh approach and new norms.”
Erika Rossi, Giuseppe Tedeschi
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