Thursday, August 29, 2013

Venice - Lido: Venice70 Film Festival – Via Castellana Bandiera – Emma Dante

Via Castellana Bandiera: Elena Cotta plays Samira
Via Castellana Bandiera: Director and star, Emma Dante plays Rosa.

Venice - Lido: Venice70 Film Festival – Via Castellana Bandiera – Emma Dante.  Shut inside their cars, two women face off in a silent duel that is fought out in the intimate violence of their stares. A wholly female duel punctuated by the refusal to drink, eat and sleep; more obstinate than the sun of Palermo and more stubborn than the ferocity of the men who surround them. For, as in every duel, it is a question of life or death... It’s a Sunday afternoon. The sirocco is blowing pitilessly in Palermo when Rosa (Emma Dante, also director of the movie) and Clara (Alba Rohrwacher) lose their way in the streets of the city and end up in a sort of alley: Via Castellana Bandiera. At the same moment, another car driven by Samira (Elena Cotta), crammed with members of the Calafiore family, arrives from the opposite direction and enters the same street. Neither Rosa at the wheel of her Multipla, nor Samira, the old and stubborn woman driving a Punto, is willing to give way to the other, while the Calafiore family goes back into the unauthorized apartment house in which they live and, with the complicity of the local inhabitants, start taking bets on which of the two women will stick to her ground the longest. Evening falls, and then night creeps into the street and the houses of the neighborhood, but the two women, resisting hunger, sleep and thirst, seem to persevere in a mulishness that no longer has anything rational about it, and continue to refuse to give way...

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