Checosamanca (What Is Missing [“Calabria” episode]). 2006. Italy. Written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher. DCP. 4 min.
Political and urgent in spirit, Checosamanca is the collective effort of a group of young documentary filmmakers to give voice to the voiceless in contemporary Italy. Alice Rohrwacher’s contribution, her first solo directorial effort, is the story of a Calabrian boy who creates a fantasy world out of the detritus of a local river. Courtesy RAI Com
North American premiere
Corpo Celeste (Celestial Body). 2011. Italy. Written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher. With Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Pasqualina Scuncia. DCP. In Italian; English subtitles. 100 min.
In Alice Rohrwacher’s extraordinary feature film debut, 12-year-old Marta (Yle Vianello), willful and receptive like Robert Bresson’s Mouchette, experiences a spiritual and physical awakening. Marta finds grace in the most unlikely of places: not among the grownups whose acts of betrayal and cruelty belie their Catholic professions (and processions) of faith and love, but instead among the Calabrian children who make a world of their own along the riverbed trash heaps. Courtesy Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Film Movement