The life of Marcella Di Folco, president of the Transsexual Identity Movement, activist and actress for Fellini. The period in Rome, when she was still Marcello, then Bologna and the sex change. A life dedicated to the fight for civil rights and her public role in a city that becomes a mirror of Italian history.
Simone Cangelosi (Pisa, Italy, 1968), after majoring in film studies at the University of Bologna, worked for years restoring films for the Cineteca di Bologna. In 2007, he completed Dalla testa ai piedi, the short documentary he started working on in the late Nineties using amateur stock footage. In 2010, he and Luki Massa made Felliniana: an interview with Marcella Di Folco on her experience in Federico Fellini’s films.
Dalla testa ai piedi (cm, doc., 2007), Felliniana (coregia/codirector Luki Massa, doc., 2010), Una nobile rivoluzione (doc., 2014).
“I met Marcella in 1998. She was a remote person at the time: a political figure in Bologna, president of Transsexual Identity Movement. I never would have imagined that we would become friends. I started to understand who Marcella was as I stood by her side in her dynamic life as an activist; we traveled across Italy, went to Pride Parades, to interviews and political campaigns, and participated to the committees she was involved in with such unparalleled generosity. Through those experiences, I listened to her life stories and discovered her vulnerability hidden behind her explosive strength, her complexity, her charisma, and her courage. From the very first time we met, I knew that she was a historical figure. That’s why, the day after she died, I decided to make this movie.”
soggetto, sceneggiatura/story, screenplay
Simone Cangelosi, Roberto Nisi, Fulvia Antonelli, Silvia Silverio
Fabio Bianchini Pepegna
Marcella Di Folco
Luca Buelli, Claudio Giapponesi
Pierrot e la rosa, Kiné