The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 84 minutes
“I often wake up at night in the shoes of a woman much older than me,” said film director Carlo Lavagna in a recent interview. His first fiction feature, ARIANNA, is a remarkable incarnation of a meaningful and symbolic dream, a stunning portrait of a bright, beautiful intersex woman and her investigation into her own personal history. Now in her late teens, Arianna returns to her early childhood home in lush, rural Italy. She spends much of her time in front of mirrors, observing that her body is maturing at a seemingly “unnatural” pace. A series of encounters with locals, including those she knew as a child, suggest she is somehow different from other girls. This deliberate, atmospheric coming-of-age tale is a giant leap forward for the onscreen exploration of gender identity. The film is anchored by an unforgettable performance from newcomer Ondina Quadri and thoughtful direction by Carlo Lavagna. (In Italian with subtitles) –C.P.
Tower City Cinemas
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 at 9:00 PM
Thursday, April 07, 2016 at 5:15 PM
"Hip Hop Diaries" (2006), ARIANNA (2015)
Tommaso Bertani, Carlo Lavagna, Damiano Ticconi
Carlo Salsa, Carlo Lavagna, Chiara Barzini
Ondina Quadri, Massimo Popolizio, Valentina Carnelutti, Corrado Sassi, Blu Yoshimi