Shorts, features and documentaries, the Mental Health Film Festival is back in Rome

The awards ceremony on May 8, 2022 at the Maxxi National Museum of 21st Century Arts

Films, short films and documentaries: is scheduled in Rome at Scena (via degli Orti d’Alibert, 1) on April 20, 21, 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5 with the award ceremony on May 8, 2022, at the Museum national Maxxi of 21st Century Arts, the twelfth edition of the Lo Spiraglio Filmfestival of mental health, an event of short and feature films, capable of approaching the major issues of mental health with a courageous, respectful and attentive look. The event is aimed both at an undifferentiated public of enthusiasts, and at professionals, whose commitment over the past two years, due to the dramatic events that have upset us, has been particularly intense and demanding.

Organized by the Mental Health Department of ASL Roma 1 and by Roma Capitale in collaboration with Maxxi and Scena, the cinematographic space of the Lazio region, Lo Spiraglio FilmFestival of Mental Health, selects short and feature films on the subject, a cinema that opens the mind and that, in the intentions of the organizers, it knows how to approach the world of mental health in the most varied ways and genres. “It is not easy – emphasize the organizers – to talk about suffering, illness, families who lose hope and who do not know how to face psychological problems that seem to overwhelm them. It is not easy to watch the world of mental health, public services, operators who are trying to meet an ever-increasing demand with insufficient means and little scientific certainty. Cinema points the camera without fear and has always seemed able to give meaning to these difficulties, a trait of humanity, a more distant and complex vision of reality itself”.

The festival program – with free admission subject to availability – can be downloaded from the official website. Five feature films in competition, including documentaries and fiction. “Inedita”, documentary by Katia Bernardi, is an intimate and light portrait of Susanna Tamaro, one of the most read Italian writers of all time, author of “Go where your heart takes you”. An accomplished woman but far from the spotlight, with a thirty-year career marked by an invisible syndrome that had only been diagnosed a few years earlier: Asperger’s syndrome. From a documentary was born instead “Crazy for football – Crazy for football” by Volfango De Biasi, 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, by Marco Bellocchio, “Marx can wait”, which plunges into his own private life from the suicide of his twin Camillo, who died in 1968. Almost fifty years later, brothers, nephews, the sister of The girlfriend of At the time, a psychiatrist and a priest wonder about this death, piecing together the pieces of the past. Another documentary that starts from a family experience is “The Rossellinis” directed by Alessandro Rossellini, the first grandson of the great director, 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 loved ones into impossible family therapy in front of the camera. The young director Ciro De Caro, already author of the cult Spaghetti Story, signs “Giulia – A Wild Desire Of Freedom”, the story of a girl constantly torn between the need to feel at home and a wild and sacrosanct desire. of 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 a few expedients to make ends meet.

Twenty short films in competition, from Italy, but also from France, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Iran, which deal with varied themes, with disparate styles, stories of daily life during the confinement in Jesus on vacation by Michèle Bia on the theme of anorexia in a Tutu by Lorenzo Tiberia, from the psychological pressures suffered by an eleven-year-old gymnast 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 made up of director and screenwriter Enzo Monteleone, director and film critic Francesco Falaschi, pediatrician and musician Andrea Satta, psychiatrist Fabrizio Starace director of the DSM – Dp of Modena and Elisa Monacelli, former official of the Department of the social policy of Rome Capitale.

Numerous and varied side events to the screenings of the festival. A jury made up of experts (cinema, mental health, culture) will award the “Fausto Antonucci” prize of 1,000 euros to the best short film and the “Jorge Garcia Badaracco – Fondazione Maria Elisa Mitre” prize of 1,000 euros to the best feature film film. During the final ceremony on May 8, the Samifo Prize of 1,000 euros will also be awarded to a feature 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 portray/express/depict aspects related to transculturality and migratory vulnerability.

The festival, as every year, will also award, during the final evening, the Onlus prize of the Lo Spiraglio Roma Solidale Foundation to a cinema personality who has shown particular sensitivity in dealing with the issue of mental health. . This year’s prize will be awarded to actor Elio Germano. During a career, now spanning more than twenty years, the actor has often given his face and his soul to restless, underprivileged characters, marked by psychic disorders, bringing out a more widespread existential condition that we don’t think so. With a particular sensitivity, respectful of even the less edifying aspects of the characters embodied, Germano offered performances that succeeded, so to speak, in penetrating the spirit and the most intimate reflections of the roles entrusted to him, such as, to cite two examples recent, demonstrate the characters played for the D’Innocenzo twins 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.

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