The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco is pleased to present the film Freaks Out, winner of the 2022 David di Donatello award for Best Producer, Best Cinematographer, Best Art Direction, Best Hairdresser, Best Make-up and Best Visual Effects. The screening will be followed by an aperitivo italiano.
Dir: Gabriele Mainetti
Italy/Belgium, 2020, 2h 21m
Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Aurora Giovinazzo, Pietro Castellitto, Giancarlo Martini, Giorgio Tirabassi, Max Mazzotta, Franz Rogowski, Riccardo Angelini, Anna Tenta
Rome, 1943: Matilde, Cencio, Fulvio and Mario are family when the 2nd world war hits Rome. Israel, the owner of their circus, disappears in the attempt to find a getaway overseas for them all. The four friends are in disarray. Without anyone looking after them but above all, without the circus, they lose their social placement and they feel only as sideshow attractions on the loose in a city at war.
“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.”