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- Flash-mob filmmakers under attack
- The stars of Chiara: Nicchiarelli, Marzucco, Carpenzano
Flash-mob filmmakers under attack
Julianne Moore, Audrey Diwan, Rocío Muñoz Morales, Sally Potter, Alberto Barbera and Roberto Cicutto were some of the many participants in the flash-mob held on September 9 on the red carpet of the Palazzo del Cinema to draw the spotlight on the plight of filmmakers arrested or imprisoned around the world, and in particular filmmaker Jafar Panahi and other persecuted Iranian filmmakers.
Not coincidentally, the flash-mob was held just before the Sala Grande screening of Panahi’s new film, Kehrs nist (No Bears), in competition at Venice 79. The Iranian director, who of course could not be present, was given a six-year summary conviction after he and several of his colleagues demonstrated last July against the arrests of two other filmmakers, Mohammad Rasoulof and Mostafa Aleahmad, following protests against violence against civilians in Iran.
The stars of Chiara: Nicchiarelli, Marzucco, Carpenzano
Susanna Nicchiarelli returns to Venice with Chiara, the last film in her “unintentional trilogy” dedicated to female characters after Nico, 1988 and Miss Marx. She presented the film this way at a press conference:
SUSANNA NICCHIARELLI: “THE MESSAGE OF CHIARA IS VERY STRONG AND CONTEMPORARY: IT IS A CRITIQUE OF AN UNJUST SOCIETY, PRESENT AND PAST, WITH THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE WHO HAVE EVERYTHING AND THOSE WHO HAVE NOTHING. CHIARA AND FRANCESCO TAKE THE SIDE OF THE POOR PEOPLE. IT IS A REVOLUTIONARY AND TIMELY POLITICAL MESSAGE.”
Playing the two saints, Clare and Francis, are the two young actors Margherita Marzucco and Andrea Carpenzano.
MARGHERITA MARZUCCO: “CHIARA’S GOAL WAS NOT TO BECOME A SAINT: SHE WANTED TO STRIP HERSELF OF HER NOBILITY AND POSSESSIONS TO BE WITH THE PEOPLE, WITH THE POOR. SHE WAS AN EXTREMELY CHARISMATIC FIGURE, STRONG AND FRAGILE AT THE SAME TIME.”
ANDREA CARPENZANO: I GOT TO KNOW SAINT FRANCIS THROUGH SUSANNA’S SCRIPT. IN THE STORY THERE ARE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WANT TO MAKE A REVOLUTION, TO CARRY OUT THEIR IDEAS. I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THEM.”