Set deep in the south of Italy, CORPO CELESTE is the story of 13-year-old Marta who is struggling to resettle after ten years of growing up in Switzerland. Bright-eyed and restless, she observes the sights, sounds and smells of the city but feels very much an outsider. Marta is about to undergo the rite of confirmation. Obeying the convention of Catholic Church she takes catechism, but confronts the morality of the local Catholic community. From experiencing her period to making a bold decision to cut her hair, Marta begins to shape her own life for the first time since moving back to Italy.
Alice Rohrwacher, born 1984 in Tuscany, Italy. She studied literature and philosophy at the University of Turin and did a master's degree in screenwriting and documentary languages. CORPO CELESTE is her feature-length writing and directing debut and won the Citta di Roma Award at Cannes Film Festival 2011. Her previous work has been in documentary films, including the collaborative film CHECOSAMANCA (2006), where she was one of ten young Italian filmmakers, and UN PICCOLO SPETTACOLO (2005), on which she served as writer, editor and cinematographer.
Competition Fiction 2012
Italy / Switzerland / France 2011
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Alice Rohrwacher
Cinematography Hélene Louvart
Editing Marco Spoletini
Sound/Sounddesign Daniela Bassani, Marzia Cord
Music Piero Crucitt
With Yile Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Pasqualina Scuncia, Anita Caprioli, Renato Carpentieri
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