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Finding Vivian Maier

84' min.
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Ravine Pictures
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Documentary Film

An older gay couple in a city in northern Italy talk about their decades-long relationship. A man describes how he was physically abused by his father because of his sexual identity. Another, who had a high-flying career, recounts a sexually fulfilled life and mentions numerous homosexual politicians. Gay men from across the social classes and regions of the country have their say and discuss the different conditions which determined gay life in Italy. Their stories recall isolation, discrimination, suffering and violence, but also reveal designs for a happy life. There is a discomfiting and controversial discrepancy between the reality of the individual accounts and the media coverage. The latter often portrays gay people with a discriminatory irony or is manipulating and vitriolic, especially where intellectuals are concerned. With Felice chi è diverso, Gianni Amelio relates a gay history of Italy since fascist times. His anthropological study becomes a cultural history of the country. His analysis of social conditions is both moving and enraging and refuses to allow the audience to remain indifferent.


Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1981, he grew up on the West Side of Chicago. It was in a flea market there that he discovered Vivian Maier’s photographs. Through his Maloof Collection he continues to curate and preserve Maier’s work. Maloof is a filmmaker, photographer and historian.

FILMOGRAFIE John Maloof (selection)

2014 Finding Vivian Maier 

BIOGRAFIE Charlie Siskel

Born in Chicago in the USAin 1969. A former lawyer, he has fifteen years’ experience producing comedies and documentaries for both television and the cinema. His production credits include Michael Moore’s BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE AND LARRY CHARLES’ RELIGULOUS.

FILMOGRAFIE Charlie Siskel (selection)

2016 American Anarchist  2014 Review   2014 Finding Vivian Maier  2004 Crossballs: The Debate Show 

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