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Zen sul ghiaccio sottile

Biennale College - Cinema

Director:
Margherita Ferri
Production:
Articolture (Chiara Galloni, Ivan Olgiati)
Running Time:
94’
Language:
italiano
Country:
Italy
Main Cast:
Eleonora Conti, Susanna Acchiardi, Fabrizia Sacchi
Screenplay:
Margherita Ferri
Cinematographer:
Marco Ferri
Editor:
Mauro Rossi
Production Designer:
Nicola Bruschi
Costume Designer:
Valentina Zizola
Music:
Alicia Galli and Riccardo Vandelli, Antonello Sabatini, Aldo Dursi
Sound:
Giovanni Frezza

Synopsis

Maia, called Zen, a rowdy yet solitary 16-year-old tomboy, lives in a small village on top of the rough and beautiful Italian Apennines. She’s the only girl of the local ice hockey-team and she is constantly bullied by her teammates for her masculine attitude. When Vanessa – the beautiful and bewildered girlfriend of the team captain – runs away from home and hides in Maia’s family lodge, Maia feels free to trust someone for the first time. Led by the need to break away from the roles that the small community has forced them to play, Maia and Vanessa embark on a journey of self-discovery: an exploration of their gender identity and sexuality, liquid and restless like the troubled time of youth.

Director's Statement

Zen sul ghiaccio sottile is a coming of age film that follows the self-exploration journey of Maia (aka Zen), a teenager in search of her identity while struggling with the bullying from her peers. The desire to bring characters that live on the margins of their community to the centre of the storytelling is at the core of my vision as a director. The film tells about the oppression that gender roles and heteronormativity put on our society and the struggles that those who don’t conform have to fight. In the film, Maia’s journey is depicted with lyrical images, juxtaposing her emotions with the stunning, but often forgotten, natural landscape of the Apennines. I am interested in exploring the relationship between “the production of landscape” and the identity of the communities who live in suburban areas. For this reason, I worked on the concept of “emotional landscape”: an artistic tool to visually engage the audience into the inner dimension of the character.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Articolture
Viale Silvani 12
40122 – Bologna, Italy
Tel. +39 05118899687
info@articolture.it
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https://www.facebook.com/articolturebottegabologna/
https://www.facebook.com/iosonozen/

WORLD SALES: Media Luna New Films UG
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ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Federica di Biagio - ISTITUTO LUCE CINECITTÀ
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00173 – Roma, Italy
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PRESS OFFICE: La Biennale di Venezia
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UFFICIO STAMPA DISTRIBUZIONE ITALIANA: Marlon Pellegrini - ISTITUTO LUCE CINECITTÀ
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