Fri 4 Mar

Freaks Out

Cert. tbc

Special Screenings

Cinema Made in Italy

141 mins

In Italian with EN subtitles

ITA/BEL| 2021 | dir. Gabriele Mainetti, with Claudio Santamaria, Aurora Giovinazzo, Pietro Castellitto, Giancarlo Martini, Giorgio Tirabassi, Max Mazzotta, Franz Rogowski

“With clever references to horror, sci-fi and superhero movies this is a wildly entertaining WW2 set drama” – Adrian Wotton OBE, Curator of Cinema Made in Italy

Rome, 1943: Matilde, Cencio, Fulvio and Mario live like siblings in Israel’s circus. When Israel mysteriously disappears, perhaps in flight or perhaps captured by the Nazis, the four “circus freaks” are left alone in the occupied city. But someone has set their eyes on them, with a plan that could change their destinies… and the course of history.

La Biennale di Venezia 2021: Venezia 78 – Leoncino d’Oro Award, Lizzani Award, Soundtrack Stars Award

Director’s notes :

Freaks Out stems from a challenge: that of setting against the background of the darkest episode of the 20th century a film that would be at once an adventure story, a Bildungsroman and—not least—a reflection on diversity. To do it we approached the occupied city of Rome in 1943 with emotion and respect, but at the same time we gave free rein to our imagination: and so our four freaks were born, unique and unrepeatable individuals, protagonists of a story that is bigger than them.

Fri 4 March 8.20pm

Preceded by an introduction by Gabriele Mainetti


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