Antonia

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Italy | 2015 | 96 minutes | Ferdinando Cito Filomarino

This sumptuous and dreamy biopic about posthumously celebrated Italian poet Antonia Pozzi explores the artist's passions, enlightenment, sexuality, and torments as a young girl in 1930s Milan as she struggles to find her own voice in her short life.

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"And then—if it happens I go away—/there'll remain something/of me/in my world." Antonia Pozzi was just a young woman when she passed away by her own hand at the age of 26. An extremely talented poetess, her work was soft, sensual, and strangely prophetic when it came to her own mortality. Published only posthumously, Pozzi's work has since become highly celebrated. Director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino's dreamy biopic chronicles the last decade of the young poet's life, observing her first romantic infatuation with her high-school professor, her struggle to find her own voice, her passion for nature and rock-climbing in the Dolomites, and the overwhelming languor and depression that soon fell over her. Alternating between shots of her hand-scrawled diaries and poems to significant moments in her short life, we're taken on the same journey from metaphor to reality and back again that Pozzi had been on since she began writing. Stylishly filmed to capture the essence of wealthy Milan in the 1930s, with costuming by the Italian luxury designer Fendi and impeccably detailed set design, the lush atmosphere of Antonia mimics to a T the amorous and wistful tone of Pozzi's poetry.

Director Biography
Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, from Milan, gained filmmaking experience alongside well-known directors including Luca Guadagnino, for whom he worked as assistant director on his film I Am Love (SIFF 2010). Preceded by a variety of short film projects, Antonia is Filomarino's debut feature film.

Sponsored by FOOL Serious, Istituto Italiano di Cultura San Francisco

  • Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
  • Principal Cast: Linda Caridi, Filippo Dini, Alessio Praticò, Luca Lo Monaco, Perla Ambrosini
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Italy, Greece
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito
  • Screenplay: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, Carlo Salsa
  • Cinematographers: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
  • Editors: Walter Fasano
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 (Special Jury Mention, Best Feature Film)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Curator Films