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Monday, April 27, 2020

Stefano Cipani Wins the 2020 EFA Young Audience Award

The European Film Awards has announced a winner for the 2020 Young Audience Award and it goes to an Italian director. Stefano Cipani received the award for his debut feature film, "Mio fratello rincorre i dinosauri" (My Brother Chases Dinosaurs). The winner was selected by 12 - 14-year-olds in 55 cities across Europe.

Starring Alessandro Gassmann and Isabella Ragonese, "My Brother Chases Dinosaurs" is the story of Jack (Francesco Gheghi) and his brother, Giò (Lorenzo Sisto), who has down syndrome. As a child, Jack believed the well-intended lie his parents told him, that Giò was a special being with superpowers, as in a comic book. Now that he is about to go to high school, however, Jack no longer believes that his brother is a superhero. In fact, he is sometimes embarrassed by him, especially since meeting Arianna, his first love. Jack feels that he cannot risk making a bad impression with the girl of his dreams, and looking after his little brother with his unpredictable behavior soon becomes a burden. So, Jack pretends not to have a brother at all. But you cannot expect someone to love you with your imperfections if you cannot do the same,  and this is a life-lesson that Jack will have to learn. Ironically, Giò will be the one to teach him.

Check out the trailer...

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Marcello Fonte's Mesmerizing Transformations

Marcello Fonte in a scene from “Aspromonte: La terra degli ultimi”
A gifted actor, Marcello Fonte has made a career out of effortlessly transforming himself into every character he plays.

Born in Melito di Porto Salvo at the southern tip of Calabria, Fonte learned his craft on the fly while working a variety of jobs, including fruit vendor, butcher and barber. During those years of balancing day jobs with small parts, he landed roles in Alice Rohrwacher’s “Corpo celeste” (Heavenly Body) and Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York.”

In 2015, Fonte stepped behind the camera to co-direct as well as act in “Asino volo” (Donkey Flies), a coming-of-age story about Maurizio, a headstrong 7-year-old who has to fight to realize his dream of playing the snare drum in the town band. He does so with the counsel and support of a wise donkey and in the face of resistance from his mother, who views music as a luxury the family can’t afford. The film made its North American premiere at Canada’s Junior Italian Contemporary Film Festival in 2016. It isn’t available stateside, but the film’s website,, features videos of traditional celebrations in southern Italy as well as pictures that children can download and color.

Fonte in a scene from "Dogman"
Fonte’s breakout role came in Matteo Garrone’s 2018 thriller “Dogman,” which tracks the downward spiral of Fonte as Marcello, a single father who owns a small dog grooming business in a poor suburb. A timid, isolated man, Marcello gets mixed up with the wrong crowd while trying to make extra money selling drugs. His close relationship with his daughter and his passion for harboring animals are jeopardized when hoodlums begin taking advantage of his kind nature. The constant torment at the hands of an unstable, violent neighborhood bully, magnificently played by Edoardo Pesce, soon becomes unbearable, and Marcello loses everything. After serving time in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, he finally reaches the breaking point and does what no one ever thought he was capable of doing. This suspenseful modern masterpiece offers an unblinking view of the emotional damage wrought by bullying as seen through the fear and desperation of the victim. 

Edoardo Pesce and Fonte in a scene from "Dogman"
Both actors give harrowing performances — Fonte as a meek loner and Pesce a brutal antagonist who drives his victim over the edge. The film premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where Fonte took home the prize for best actor.

Fonte recently portrayed Ciccio Italia, the village poet, in Mimmo Calopresti’s “Aspromonte: La terra degli ultimi” (Aspromonte: Land of the Forgotten). Adapted from Pietro Ciriaco’s book “Via dall’Aspromonte” (Away from Aspromonte) the story brings to light the catastrophic consequences of southern Italy’s socioeconomic woes during the 1950s. The film made its Italian theatrical premiere in November. I was fortunate to be in Rome at the time and attended a screening at Cinema Intrastevere, where the director and actors were present. 

I spoke with Fonte about this very Calabrian story and the tragic chapter in the region’s history the film captures. He acknowledged that the Calabria we see in the film is the “old country” that so many residents fled when they came to America. He had a special message for these immigrants. Listen below..

“Aspromonte: La terra degli ultimi” was scheduled to be shown at the Italian Film Festival USA, with Calopresti and Fonte presenting it in several cities. Due to the coronavirus quarantine, however, the events were canceled. We will keep you posted regarding upcoming screenings of the film.

In the meantime, check out Fonte’s award-winning performance in “Dogman,” which is available to stream on Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu and Hulu. His latest role to arrive on American shores is the part of the Sicilian grandfather, Domenico Tempesta, in the HBO series, "I Know This Much Is True." Click here to watch the trailer. The episode is available on VOD if you are a subscriber. And follow Fonte on Instagram (@fontemarcello), where he often shares images and videos of his life in Calabria.

- Written by Jeannine Guilyard for Fra Noi Magazine. Click here to subscribe.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Film at Lincoln Center’s Virtual Cinema

"On a Magical Night" 
More great films have been added to Film at Lincoln Center’s virtual cinema, including a new 2K restoration of Nanni Moretti’s "Caro Diario" and "On a Magical Night" starring Chiara Mastroianni.

Mastroianni is law professor Maria, whose 25-year marriage to Richard (singer-songwriter Benjamin Biolay) is ruptured when he discovers texts from Maria’s younger lover on her phone. After checking into a hotel across the street, she doesn’t exactly find herself alone with her thoughts: over the course of a hallucinatory evening, she’s visited by a series of impossible guests, including Richard’s twenty-something self (Vincent Lacoste) and the embodiment of her own free will (Stéphane Roger). Christophe Honoré’s stylish and sensual aesthetic makes for a swooning reflection on love and memory that becomes even more heartrending thanks to the brilliant cast.

With stunning cinematography and quirky characters, "Caro Diario" (Dear Diary) will take you on a trip through Italy and make you laugh all the way. Moretti is hilarious as he directs himself through a series of vignettes in which he is in search of that eternal question, What is the meaning of life? With scenic shots of Stromboli as well as modern Rome that are fit for a travelogue, Moretti gives us a tour via his Vespa of modern architecture in the Roman suburb, Garbatella. It is definitely a neighborhood less traveled by tourists but still beautiful with it's local charm and simple structures. This is a feel-good movie that has become a contemporary classic in Italy.

Click here to stream these and to see the full list of films in Film at Lincoln Center’s virtual cinema.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

PostModernissimo's Collection of Arthouse Films & A Bellocchio Adventure

Fabrizio Falco in "Il Lotto"
Recently, I discovered Postmodernissimo, a website dedicated to quality cinema, entertainment and visual arts.

Named after the Modernissimo D'Essai, Perugia’s oldest cinema which had closed its doors for nearly two decades, the website came about following an effort to get the cinema back up and running. After that goal was achieved, organizers broadened the cinema’s international reach by making a rotating selection of films available online. With Italy’s country-wide quarantine, the list of films was recently expanded.

Looking through the titles, I noticed a short film by Marco Bellocchio, “La Lotta” (The Fight). I watched it today. Then I watched it again, and again. I felt that I was missing something because there are so many elements and layers. I enlisted the help of our resident producer, Mauro Ianari, who produced our 2019 short about the pioneer documentarian Luigi Di Gianni. We went through the film together and noticed a name on a monument dedicated to World War II heroes- Giuseppe Bellocchio. That led to an adventurous search on the internet and we both learned so much.

Giuseppe Bellocchio was born in Bobbio, located in the region of Emilia-Romagna, in 1889 and enlisted in the Royal Army in 1908. He took part in WWI, reaching the rank of major and after being in command of some Alpine battalions, was placed in command of the Operations Office of the 7th Czechoslovak Division, a unit consisting of ex-soldiers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was decorated with a silver and a bronze medal for military valor. After the war, he attended the Turin War School (Scuola di Guerra di Torino) for three-years and was subsequently promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1926.

Between 1928 and 1931, he was sent to Albania as an instructor for King Ahmed Zogu, who had just come to power with the support of the Kingdom of Italy. Bellocchio was promoted to colonel in 1936, assuming first command of the 3rd Alpine Regiment and then at the command of the Army Corps of Milan for special assignments. 

During the early years of WWII, he was in the region of Piedmont and helped to carry out a special assignment at the territorial defense of Bolzano. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to brigadier general and assigned as commander of the Military Zone of Alessandria. On March 28, 1943 he was promoted to the rank of division general. 

On the night following the armistice of September 8, 1943 between Italy and the Allies, the city of Alessandria was invaded by the Germans. Bellocchio managed to escape capture, and the next day, with the help of a police marshal, took refuge temporarily on a farm in the Alessandria countryside, later joining the partigiani (civilians fighting against the enemy) to help liberate Italy.

After retiring from the military, he returned to Bobbio and passed away there on March 7, 1966. 

It is not completely clear to us if this is the Giuseppe Bellocchio referred to in the film because, in the film, he is listed under "caduti," which means fallen. It could be another Giuseppe Bellocchio in the film or just a fictional scene. I would love to know for sure. In any case, I really enjoyed learning about this general and seeing his enchanting old pictures, which have made me so curious as to if there is a relation to our great, beloved director, Marco Bellocchio.

Giuseppe Bellocchio with his siblings and parents 
So the film, “La Lotta," I feel, is open to interpretation because there is little dialogue and many visual clues and references. It’s the story of Tonino (Fabrizio Falco), a young man who visits the local partigiani in two dreams. In the middle of these dreams, when he is awake, he talks with his mother (Ione Bertola) and girlfriend (Barbara Ronchi), raising concern about his state of mind. The cinematography is beautiful and of course upon seeing Daniele Cipri’s name in the credits, I knew why. The same can be said about the music, which was written by Nicola Piovani. The film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018 and is a project of Marco Bellocchio’s “Fondazione Fare Cinema,” which was established in his hometown of Bobbio in 1995 to encourage young, promising filmmakers.

“La Lotta” is available on PostModernissimo’s website until May 31. Click here to watch it. Click here to learn more about the film through the production company, Kavac Film. Click here to visit PostModernissimo’s homepage. Click on DI/Stanza to see the complete selection of arthouse cinema and documentaries, which include another short by Marco Bellocchio, the 2017 "Per una rosa," which I'll be watching very soon. 

Follow these links to learn more about Giuseppe Bellocchio..

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Cinema & Cibo: The Culinary Muses of Chef Jordan Frosolone

In our ongoing series, Cinema & Cibo, we talk with the Chicago born and raised chef, Jordan Frosolone. 

One of New York’s most sought after chefs, Frosolone's range of culinary talent is limitless. He can satisfy the most carnivorous of palates one minute and make a mind-blowing vegan truffle risotto the next. 

He's been a member of New York's Gruppo Italiano since 2017 and is currently the executive chef/partner at The Leopard located inside the Upper West Side’s legendary Hotel des Artistes. He was recently recognized for one of his signature dishes there, an eggplant timballo. 

Visiting Frosolone's website will give you the opportunity to step inside his world through photographs of antique pasta-making instruments and captured moments of his culinary adventures through Italy. There is also a section featuring detailed gourmet recipes. 

Having enjoyed that decadent vegan truffle risotto at an event in New York last year to mark the launch of the Veneto Film Commission, I became curious about  his background and inspirations. So I asked him a few questions about where it all started.

How and when did you discover your passion for food?
My passion for food starting at a very young age…at the dinner table with my family.

Can you tell me something about your time studying and working in Italy at the beginning of your career?
Living in Italy changed my worldview. The initial time spent living there opened my eyes to the everyday lives of the people of Italy, it was an amazing first step on a journey that continues to this day.   

How do your culinary creations reflect your Italian origins?
I am always looking to Italian traditions and culture when trying to find new dishes to interpret, in an authentic way, that are respectful to my Italian origins.

Tell me about your infamous timballo.
The timballo is inspired from a baked pasta I had in Sicily and also the film the "Big Night." Over the past 5 years or so, I have been working to prefect the dish. We are getting pretty close.

Speaking of film, do you have a favorite?
I cannot say I have a favorite movie; there are so many films that have meant so much to me at different points over the years. I will say that my favorite movie that I have seen over the past months is the 1962 film "Il Sorpasso."

If you’re in New York, experience Jordan Frosolone's creations first hand at The Leopard, which is providing delivery and takeout during the coronavirus closures, or explore his talents online at

Saturday, April 18, 2020

A Conversation with Actress Lucianna De Falco

“I was born and raised on the island of Ischia, a thermal and volcanic island, to which I belong. It’s the place where I recharge myself with energy, where I am in contact with the elements of nature, magnificent and fearsome as only a volcanic island can be.”

Lucianna De Falco is your quintessential southern Italian woman, reflecting the magnificent land of her origins. Beautiful, passionate and exuding strength, she is a character actress who has four decades of roles under her belt. Whether she is on stage, the big screen or television, she has an undeniable commanding presence.

“I started my career as an actress thanks to the confidence my mother gave me as a child, De Falco explained. “She had a hair salon where I listened to the various idioms of her foreign clientele. I would asked her, "What language is it?" She always replied, "It's German" or It’s Russian,” making me believe that I could speak all the languages of the world, and thus giving me a sort of "communicative omnipotence" that made me choose this job to express myself better.”

The confidence she received as a child gave her the push she needed to pursue a career in acting. She began her journey working abroad with a traveling theater company. That experience gave her invaluable knowledge on how to quickly adapt to different situations and personalities. She would utilize that insight working with varied film directors, and she's worked with some of the biggest names in the business as well as young, independent filmmakers just starting out. 

Her first cinema role came in 1990 in Lina Wertmüller’s “Saturday, Sunday and Monday” starring Sophia Loren. Her follow up came three years later in Marco Ferrari’s “Diario di un vizio” (Diary of a Vice). She appeared on television in the popular Italian soap opera “Un posto al sole” (A Place in the Sun) in 1996 before a string of hit films by Carlo Vanzina, Paolo Genovese, Luca Miniero, Ferzan Ozpetek, Stefano Incerti and the Manetti Brothers super successful Neapolitan musical, “Ammore e malavita” (Love and Bullets).

Although a seasoned actress, De Falco has an eternal quest for learning. “I continue to travel around the world and study. It’s important to pay attention to your goals and listen to your needs.” She studies with American acting coach Ivana Chubbuck who often holds workshops in Italy. De Falco credits Chubbuck as “the one who has helped me put some order in the drawers of emotions, to be able to use them to move and provoke other emotions.”

Known for her striking resemblance to Anna Magnani, directors have played on the similarities, giving De Falco the opportunity to interpret the style of a cinema icon. “The physical resemblance to Anna Magnani has been a constant especially at the beginning of my career, and I was scared of it. Then I started working, and about 10 years ago I finally played her in a short film where Magnani and Bette Davis meet, titled “The Big Lie.” I won several awards for my interpretation.”

Then in 2014, director Paolo Sorrentino cast De Falco as a famous actress channeling Magnani in his enchanting short film, “The Dream.” The acclaimed director was asked to make the film for the Italian luxury brand, Bulgari. Set in the company’s flagship store on Via Condotti in Rome, the story follows a group of lost souls stuck in purgatory as they spend their evenings in the shop. The star, played by Valeria Golino, happens to be walking by and spots her parents who passed away when she was a child. She follows them into the store and has a run-in with this mysterious famous actress who resembles Magnani. It was a fun and poignant role for De Falco because she actually wore Magnani’s fur and jewelry. 

Watch De Falco in a scene from "The Dream".. Click here to watch the complete film.

Among De Falco’s latest roles is the short film “L’Attesa” (The Wait) by the young director Angela Bevilacqua, who we featured in our March issue. “L’Attesa” is the story of a frantic mother trying to locate her son after she hears about a terrorist attack in London where he is studying abroad. The 24-minute film is carried entirely by De Falco who gives a harrowing performance as a desperate mother doing everything she can think of to locate her son.

We’ll keep you updated on future stateside screenings of “L’Attesa.” In the meantime, watch Ferzan Ozpetek's "Facing Windows" on Amazon..


- Written by Jeannine Guilyard for the May issue of Fra Noi Magazine. Click here to subscribe.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Musician-Turned-Actor Fortunato Verduci Adds Authenticity to Calabrian Stories

Fortunato Verduci made a name for himself in his native Calabria as a musician specializing in traditional folk songs. One day, he received a call to audition for an American production being shot on location in his region. Three years later, he is responsible for helping to create some of the most memorable scenes in television, which thanks to VOD platforms like Netflix and Amazon, represent Calabria on the international stage. 

Born in the Calabrian commune of Motta San Giovanni, located on a mountain top overlooking the Ionian sea, Verduci was raised by a family of musicians. “I grew up to the sound of the tarantella and since I was a child. I’ve accompanied my father with the Motta folk group to play and dance around Italy and Europe. The dance facilitated me in acting because I was used to performing in front of the audience.”

Verduci didn’t initially have plans to pursue an acting career. A few years ago, word got around that an international film crew was shooting in the mountains of Calabria and looking for locals. He received a call to audition for a part as a musician playing traditional music. “I went with four other guys to the casting call, which was held in Praia a Mare (in the province of Cosenza, Calabria). That’s where I met the director. We did the audition and we danced. He liked it right away. We explained to him the significance of the dance, our regional tarantella, and the symbolism it holds in Calabria,” he recalls. 

The director was Emanuele Crialese, best known in America for The Golden Door. The international production was FX Network’s series "Trust," which recounts the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. The episode, titled, "In the Name of the Father," shot entirely on location in Calabria, was hailed by The New York Times as the best episode of the series. “Aside from having this small role, I had the chance to dance with all of these other actors, including Luca Marinelli, Donatella Finocchiaro and Francesco Colella. They learned our tarantella. They took dance lessons in the afternoon and then we all gathered on the set in the evening. The scene took us about two hours to shoot. The most beautiful part was the human interaction with the actors, engaging with each other on a human level, not just professional.” 

Watch a clip from our interview in Rome in which he talks about the filming of that scene..

Watch "Trust," Episode 8, "In the Name of the Father" on HuluYouTubeAmazon PrimeSling and Google Play.

Crialese was impressed with Verduci’s work and recommended him to other filmmakers. So before long, more offers came rolling in. The next project, "Lo spietato" (The Ruthless), a film by director Renato De Maria who is known for his depictions of historical events, called on the traditional music of Verduci’s Calabrian roots once again. Like "Trust," the film touches on the infamous kidnappings that plagued Italy during the 1970s and '80s as well as the rise of the crime organization ‘Ndrangheta. Verduci’s scene, which features his signature music and dance, offers a beautiful cultural respite from an otherwise heavy and violent story.

Watch "The Ruthless" on Netflix.

Performing on the set of "ZeroZeroZero" in Calabria
Verduci’s third and latest work is Stefano Sollima’s screen adaptation of "ZeroZeroZero." The series is based on the bestselling novel by Roberto Saviano, which explores the roads of organized crime from South America to Europe. 

“One of the scenes I took part in was shot during the procession of the Madonna of Polsi. In that scene, I sing and play a song dedicated to the Madonna,” recounts Verduci. The scene to which his is referring was shot at the actual sanctuary of the Madonna. Located in the Aspromonte mountains of Calabria, the sanctuary was founded in 1144 and has become a sacred place for the people of the region. Although the series focuses on the brutal reality and consequences of organized crime, the scenes shot in Calabria reveal the region’s purity, beauty and rich culture. “The bearers of the statue of the Madonna were the real ones, that historically in that feast are from Calabria. So these were the actual bearers of Bagnara Calabra, a town near Scilla,” explained Verduci.

Watch this video of Verduci on set performing with his fellow musicians...

Stream "ZeroZeroZero" on Amazon Prime..

-Written by Jeannine Guilyard for Fra Noi Magazine.  Click here to subscribe.

Enrique Irazoqui talks about his role as Christ in Pasolini's 'The Gospel According to St. Matthew'

There have been countless interpretations and epic films made of stories from the Bible. Few have stood the test of time. One that has become a timeless recollection is Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Il Vangolo Secondo Matteo" (The Gospel According to St. Matthew). 

Considered by the Vatican to be among the best film adaptations of one of the Gospels, Pasolini's 1964 film was shot in the ancient southern Italian city of Matera and captures the stone structures of the city, which date back to the Neolithic era. Pasolini cast his mother as Mary and many locals as extras. Spanish actor Enrique Irazoqui was cast in the role of Jesus. He was just 18-years-old when he landed the part. He had been in Rome at the time of casting. Acquaintances arranged a meeting between him and Pasolini. When Pasolini saw Irazoqui, he knew right away that he had found his Jesus.

I had the idea to feature this film as an Easter week streaming pick. Having been connected with Irazoqui on social media for some time, I thought I'd send him a message to ask permission to send a few questions about his experience working on this iconic film. He responded with the suggestion of doing a Skype call. Anyone who follows Italian Cinema Today probably has noticed that I am not fond of on-camera video presentations, but I could not turn down the opportunity to talk with one of my cinema heroes. I've been watching this film for at least 20 years and Irazoqui's interpretation of Jesus has remained my all-time favorite. His gentleness and angelic face embodies the image I've always had of Christ growing up and attending Catholic schools. I've always imagined him to be a soft-spoken, celestial figure. That is exactly how I see Irazoqui in this role. The first time he appears in the film, meeting St. John the Baptist, I feel, is one of the most beautiful scenes in cinema.

When I spoke with Irazoqui, our Skype connection wasn't great, and his video was pixelated. So I covered much of our interview with video. His audio was pretty clear until the end, so I decided to just write out the remainder of his answer. He also talked about Pasolini as a person and what it was like to know this immortal personality. I am going to post a second story on his gracious and generous description next week. For now, let's focus on his role as Pasolini's Christ.

Watch our Skype interview on YouTube or read the copy below..

What stands out in your memory of working on this film and shooting in the Sassi of Matera?Matera became Jerusalem. We spent about a week to 10 days shooting there. In the Sassi of Matera, I experienced a bit of irony on the set because when we were filming, every 10 or 15 minutes of every day, seeing that I was dressed as Christ, wearing the clothes of Christ, certain men and women, when I was talking with the apostles, asked me if I could perform a miracle for them. I didn't know how to perform miracles. I said, "I am not Christ. I am an actor that is portraying Christ." They didn’t understand anything. They didn’t understand anything because the difference between an actor and that which I was portraying didn’t exist. After dinner, I went for a walk with St. John the Evangelist and I smoked. They became angry with me and said, “Christ, didn’t smoke!" 

Irazoqui and Pasolini on set in the Sassi of Matera
Photo by Domenico Notarangelo

Do you have a special memory, something that you will always hold close to your heart?
Yes, certainly. Something exceptionally special, above all, is Elsa Morante. Elsa Morante is my first image from "The Gospel According to St. Matthew." Then there is also Pasolini, Pier Paolo Pasolini.

How did this role change your life?
It changed my life in every sense.  For example, when letters of recommendation were needed to enter a university in Minneapolis, I made a phone call to Elsa Morante and she told me that she would take care of everything. So, I had letters of recommendation by (Jean-Paul) Sartre, (Simone de) Beauvoir, (Elsa) Morante, (Alberto) Moravia, Pasolini, etc. I don't think there was another with those letters of recommendation. The University of Minnessota sent me a telegram: "Offer follows". This is an example. Making the film was an extraordinary influence in my life.

Why do you think this film from 1964 is still so popular today?
I don't know. I think that maybe, and I don’t know for sure,  it’s because of the Vatican. The Vatican said that there’s never been a Christ like mine portrayed in a film.

It's worth noting that to this day, Irazoqui is still very much adored in Basilicata for this role. The city of Matera made him an honorary citizen. "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" is available to stream on Amazon, iTunesVudu and YouTube

Click here to watch my 2018 documentary "Return to Lucania" in which I talk about films made in Italy's Basilicata region. Watch my 2019 Holy Thursday video, below, which features the sacred architecture of the Sassi of Matera.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Antonietta De Lillo's 'The Remains of Nothing' Available to Stream Until April 11

Antonietta De Lillo's 2005 film made its North American premiere that year at Lincoln Center's annual film series, Open Roads: New Italian Cinema. That's where I saw it at an afternoon screening and was mesmerized by the cinematic world that I became lost in. The film is now available to stream on Vimeo for three days thanks to the Marano Ragazzi Spot Festival.

Set toward the end of the 17th century, an apparently fragile Portuguese noblewoman with great intelligence and determination strongly embraces the ideas of the revolution. Conscious of her own limitations and weaknesses, she decides to fight for the affirmation of her ideals. In attempting to bring Naples around to the revolutionary winds blowing through Europe at that time, at the age of 47, she ends up on the scaffold, and is killed along with hundreds of her collaborators under the fury of the Bourbon dynasty.

This woman is Eleonora Fimentel de Fonseca, poet, writer, journalist and courageous intellectual. The true meaning behind her rebellion has a value which cannot be traced back to ‘the rest of nothing‘. Freely adapted from Enzo Striano’s novel, by the same name.

Click here to stream "The Remains of Nothing." Unfortunately, there are not English subtitles, but it's worth the visual artistry and dramatic performances even if you can't follow along verbatim. Click here to read our 2016 interview.

In Conversation with Director Cecilia Pignocchi

Filmmakers Arthur Couvat and  Cecilia Pignocchi It’s unusual for a first-time filmmaker to be recognized by a high-profile, international fi...