Rome, April 19 (askanews) – It is scheduled in Rome at Scena (Via degli Orti d’Alibert, 1) on 20, 21, 27 and 28 April and on 4 and 5 May with the award ceremony on 8 May 2022, at the MAXXI Museum national arts of the 21st century, the twelfth edition of Lo Spiraglio FilmFestival of mental health, an event of shorts and feature films, capable of dealing with the great issues of mental health with a courageous, respectful and attentive gaze. The event is aimed both at an undifferentiated audience of enthusiasts, and at professionals, whose commitment in the last two years, due to the dramatic events that overwhelmed us, has been particularly intense and demanding.
Organized by the Department of Mental Health of the ASL Roma 1 and by ROMA CAPITALE in collaboration with MAXXI and Scena, the cinema space of the Lazio Region, Lo Spiraglio Film Festival of mental health, selects shorts and feature films on the subject, a cinema that opens the mind and that, in the intentions of the organizers, it knows how to deal with the world of mental health in the most varied ways and genres.
“It is not easy – the organizers underline – to talk about suffering, illness, families who lose hope and who do not know how to deal with mental disorders that seem to overwhelm them. It is not easy to look at the world of mental health, public services, operators who try to respond to an ever-growing demand with insufficient resources and few scientific certainties. Cinema points the camera without fear and has always seemed capable of restoring a sense, a trait of humanity, a more distant vision to these difficulties. and complex of reality itself “. The festival program – free admission subject to availability – can be downloaded from the official website www.lospiragliofilmfestival.org Five feature films in competition, including documentaries and fiction. ‘Inedita’, a documentary by Katia Bernardi, is an intimate and light-hearted portrait of Susanna Tamaro, one of the most widely read Italian writers of all time, author of ‘Go where your heart takes you’. She is a successful woman but far from the spotlight, with thirty years of career marked by an invisible syndrome that had not been diagnosed until a few years ago: Asperger’s syndrome. From a documentary, instead, Volfango De Biasi’s ‘Crazy for football – Crazy for football’ was born, the story of the psychiatrist, played by Sergio Castellitto, who organizes the first five-a-side football championship for teams made up of psychiatric patients. Another documentary, signed by Marco Bellocchio, ‘Marx can wait’, which delves into his own private life starting from the suicide of his twin Camillo, who died in 1968. Almost fifty years later, brothers, nephews, the sister of the girlfriend of the time, a psychiatrist and a priest wonders about that death, reconstructing the pieces of the past. Another documentary that starts from a family experience is ‘The Rossellinis’ directed by Alessandro Rossellini, the great director’s first grandson, with a shaky career as a photographer and a long history of drug addiction behind him. He made his debut at the age of 55, tackling the Rossellini saga with irony and forcing his relatives into impossible family therapy in front of the camera. The young director Ciro De Caro, already author of the cult Spaghetti Story, signs ‘Giulia – Una Selvaggia Voglia Di Libertà’, the story of a girl constantly torn between the need to feel at home and a wild and sacrosanct desire for freedom. She finds herself in the middle of a road and begins to seek refuge and a place in the world, between an illusory desire for motherhood and some expedient to make ends meet.
Twenty short films in competition, from Italy, but also France, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom and Iran, which address various themes, with disparate styles, from the stories of everyday life during the lockdown in Jesus on holiday by Michele Bia to the theme of ‘anorexia in Tutu by Lorenzo Tiberia, from the psychological pressures that an eleven-year-old gymnast undergoes in Stephanie by Leonardo van Dijl to the state of health of migrants arriving in Spain in Frontiera S – Health and immigration in Southern Europe by Alba Villén, Ignacio Marín .
The 2022 Jury is composed of the director and screenwriter Enzo Monteleone, the director and film critic Francesco Falaschi, the pediatrician and musician Andrea Satta, the psychiatrist Fabrizio Starace director DSM – DP of Modena and Elisa Monacelli, former official of the Social Policy Department of Rome. Capital.
Numerous and varied collateral events to the festival screenings. In addition to the cinematic meeting with Lele Vannoli, entitled Pathological neorealist problematic film character actor …, for the Spiraglio Libri section, there will be presentations of All men who are not: True story of a false identity, in the presence of ‘actor and author Paolo Calabresi, but also the meeting with the winner of the emerging Strega award Daniele Mencarelli, author of La casa degli sguardi; Everything asks for salvation and the recent Always return. The Spiraglio Scuola section presents Children’s gaze on the pandemic, in collaboration with Pensiero Scientifico Editore and Liceo Aristofane. An event is scheduled for Spiraglio Salute Mentale in collaboration with the Laboratory of the Mind Museum of the ASL Roma 1 where the docufilm The Archivist by Federico Maria Baldacci will be presented out of competition. The Theater will be present with US. Stories of dolphins and other social animals by Mauro Santopietro, created thanks to the UOSD DCA ASL ROMA 1 and the Riscatti Association. The music will be developed live with the event, taken from the Mamme Narranti project, How did you fall asleep as a child? Come and tell us about it at Lo Spiraglio, with the performance of Andrea Satta (vocals) and Angelo Pelini (piano) of the Tétes de Bois and Fabio Magnasciutti to the live drawings. Lo Spiraglio also presents the meeting with MAT Modena on the Community Mental Health Festival and the usual open city multifamily group, in collaboration with the Italian Laboratory of Multifamily Psychoanalysis.
A jury made up of experts (cinema, mental health, culture) will assign the “Fausto Antonucci” Prize of 1,000 euros to the best short film and the “Jorge Garcia Badaracco – Fondazione Maria Elisa Miter” Prize of 1,000 euros to the best feature film. During the final ceremony on May 8, the SAMIFO Prize of 1,000 euros will also be awarded to a long or short film chosen from among the finalists. A dedicated jury, made up of 3 experts (mental health, migration, culture) will select the film that will best be able to portray / express / depict aspects related to transculturality and migratory vulnerability.
The festival, as every year, will also assign, during the final evening, the Lo Spiraglio Fondazione Roma Solidale Onlus Award to a film personality who has shown particular sensitivity in dealing with the issue of mental health. This year’s award will be awarded to actor Elio Germano. Over the course of a career, now more than twenty years, the actor has often given his face and soul to restless, disadvantaged characters, marked by psychic disorders, bringing out an existential condition that is more widespread than one might think. With a particular sensitivity, respectful of even the less edifying aspects of the characters played, Germano offered performances managing, so to speak, to penetrate the most intimate mind and thoughts of the roles entrusted to him, such as, to cite two recent examples, demonstrate the characters played for the twins D’Innocenzo in ‘Favolacce’ and ‘Latin America’. During the final evening of Lo Spiraglio, Elio Germano will be the protagonist of a public meeting to retrace the fundamental stages of his artistic activity. In past editions Claudio Santamaria, Saverio Costanzo, Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Anna Foglietta, Paolo Virzì, Sergio Rubini, Sergio Castellitto, Carlo Verdone, Alba Rohrwacher, Marco Bellocchio and Giulio Manfredonia have been awarded.