New Directors Competition | 2015 | 96 minutes

SIFF Says:

“And then—if it happens I go away—/there’ll remain something/of me/in my world.” Antonia Pozzi was just a young woman when she passed away by her own hand at the age of 26. An extremely talented poetess, her work was soft, sensual, and strangely prophetic when it came to her own mortality. Only ever published post-humously, Pozzi’s work has since become highly celebrated. Director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino’s dreamy biopic chronicles the last decade of the young poet’s life, observing her first romantic infatuation with her high school professor, her struggle to find her own voice, her passion for nature and rock climbing in the Dolemites, and the overwhelming languor and depression that soon fell over her. Alternating between shots of her hand-scrawled diaries and poems to significant moments in her short life, we’re taken on the same journey from metaphor to reality and back again that Pozzi had been on since she began writing. Stylishly filmed to capture the essence of wealthy Milan in the 1930s, with costuming by the Italian luxury designer Fendi and impeccably detailed set design, the lush atmosphere of ANTONIA mimics the amorous and wistful tone of Pozzi’s poetry to a T.

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Film Credits
Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Linda Caridi, Filippo Dini, Alessio Praticò, Luca Lo Monaco, Perla Ambrosini
SIFF 2016