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Felice chi é diverso

93' min.
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Istituto Luce
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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.

BIOGRAFIE Gianni Amelio

Born in San Pietro di Magasino in Italy in 1945, he studied philosophy and began making TV films, documentaries and feature films in the 1970s. His international breakthrough came in the 1990s with PORTE APERTE (1990) winning the Italian film prize and a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. IL LADRO DI BAMBINI (1993) and LAMERICA (1994) won Best Film at the Italian film awards, COSÌ RIDEVANO (1998) a Golden Lion at Venice. LE CHIAVI DI CASA (2004), LA STELLA CHE NON C’È (2006) and L’ INTREPIDO (2013) all screened at Venice. LE PREMIER HOMME won the FIPRESCI film critics award in 2011.

FILMOGRAFIE Gianni Amelio (selection)

2014 Felice chi è diverso  2013 Felice chi é diverso  2013 L’Intrepido – a lonely Hero   2011 Le Premier Homme  2006 La Stella che non c’è  2004 Le Chiavi di Casa  1998 Così Ridevano  1994 Lamerica  1992 Il Mercante  1992 Il Ladro di Bambini  1990 Porte Aperte  1988 I Ragazzi di Via Panisperna  1982 Colpire al Cuore 

Gianni Amelio @IMDb

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