– VENICE 2022: In Roberta Torre’s film, which moves between reality and fiction, five trans friends reminisce about their scintillating past between dances, bursts of laughter and spiritualism sessions
Five trans friends, an old villa, a closet full of shimmering clothes and souvenirs, a fellow adventurer who died too soon and a spiritualism session organized to invoke her. That’s what happens in the fun new movie from Roberta Torre, The favolose [+lire aussi :
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fiche film]which this year opened the Venetian Nights section of the 19e Giornate degli Authori of the Venice Film Festival. Between jokes, dances, bursts of laughter and a few clashes, Porpora, Nicole, Sofia, Veet and Mizia meet again after many years. The fictional trigger is a letter resurrected from the past which gives them the opportunity to relive the flamboyant years, their fabulous accomplishments, but also the less happy moments of their lives.
Everything starts from Porpora (Marsciano, historical activist of the Italian LGBT movement). She summons her old comrades (Nicole De Leo, Sofia Mehiel, Veet Sandeh and Mizia Ciulini), who were like her part of the trans scene of the 1970s, because she came across an old letter, never opened, fromAntonia (Iaia), their friend who died 30 years earlier and would like to read it with them. In the letter, Antonia asked her friends to make sure that when she died, she would be buried in her favorite green dress. Instead, her letter was never read and Antonia was put in coffin dressed as a man, per her family’s wishes. The five women will therefore seek to remedy this failure today, even if it means calling on the supernatural, if necessary.
Gathered in the villa which had been the scene of their youthful adventures (this is where they came to dress up to become “fabulous”, drawing from a wardrobe rich in feathers and sequins), the heroines of the film confront their past – “We were happy in this house, but were we happy in our life?”. Thus, the memories resurface, as well as the old photographs, their relationships with their families, the years of prostitution (free, without a protector) because it was the only way to survive (“without the oldest profession in the world, would never have gotten out of it”, confesses Porpora), but also the addiction to drugs, the violence suffered, the dramatic fights for the freedom to be what they wanted to be.
The non-negligible subject of transsexual people who, in death, are deprived of their identity (often the families impose that even the tombstones bear their old name, before the transition) is therefore combined with the direct account of the experiences of these women. which exude vitality, pride and freedom, until the plot branches off into phantasmagoric territory, which makes you smile and gives this curious object that is Roberta Torre’s new film the outlines of a fable . A fable composed “to give back to all the Antonias who have lived in the shadow of the theft of their own identity, represented by the clothes they would have liked to wear”, said the director about the intention of the film. A work that, in a surprising mixture of genres, adds a new and significant stone to the knowledge of the LGBT universe. The cast of the film also includes, in “ethereal” forms, Massimina Lizzeri and the visual artist, performer and model Mina Serrano.
The favolose was produced by Stemal Entertainment and Faber Produzioni with Rai Cinema. After its appearance at the Giornate degli Autori, the film, produced in collaboration with the Mit–Movimento Identità Trans movement, will be released in Italian cinemas on September 5,6 and 7, distributed by Europictures.
(Translated from Italian)
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