Forty years have passed since the referendum which brought divorce to Italy, and the battle to obtain it. The story of the protagonists through love stories with different endings, a reflection on the possibility of eternal love, and the effect the new law has had on matrimony. What did marriage mean, before? And above all: is human being a monogamous animal or are couples only a social fact?
Susanna Nicchiarelli (Rome, Italy, 1975), after obtaining her degree in philosophy, attended the Centro sperimentale di cinematografia and graduated in directing. In 2009, her first feature-length movie, Cosmonauta, received various awards, including the Controcampo italiano Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 2012, her second feature film, La scoperta dell’alba, opened the Rome International Film Festival. Her works include the documentaries Il terzo occhio and L’ultima sentinella, and the shorts Il linguaggio dell’amore and Sputnik 5, which won a Nastro d’argento for best animated short in 2010.
L’artista (cm, 2000), I diari della Sacher (ep. Ca cri do bo, doc., 2001), Che vergogna! (cm, 2001), Il terzo occhio (doc., 2003), Giovanna Z., una storia d’amore (cm, 2005), Uomini e zanzare (mm, 2005), Sputnik 5 (cm, 2009), Cosmonauta (2009), La scoperta dell’alba (2013), Per tutta la vita (doc., 2014).
“The anniversary of the referendum on divorce, of the voting campaign, and of the important civil struggle of those years, gave me the opportunity to make a movie that talks about love, or rather, about how and why people begin to live together as a couple, and how this shared life comes to an end at a certain point. I also wanted to show how distant, and yet also now near, the Italy of 1974 is. Above all, I wanted to understand if the meaning of matrimony (and of divorce) has changed over the years: I asked myself if the decision to form a couple is based on a natural instinct or if it is only a social phenomenon. I don’t know if I found the answer, the movie talks about my investigation.”
Gatto ciliegia contro il grande freddo
Alessandro Molaioli, Pietro Jona
Annagrazia Bassi, Silvio Carloni, Monica Carosi, Guido Cravero, Paola Daidola, Sveva Marinelli, Luciano Nicchiarelli