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SEA PURPLE

VIOLA DI MARE

  • Genre: DRAMA
  • Duration in minutes: 105 min.
  • Year of Production: 2009
  • Status: COMPLETED

Director(s)

DONATELLA MAIORCA

Category

FEATURE FILM

Country(ies)

ITALY

Shooting Language

ITALIAN

Writer(s)

DONATELLA MAIORCA
PINA MANDOLFO
MARIO CRISTIANI
DONATELLA DIAMANTI

Producer(s)

GIULIO VIOLATI (ITALIAN DREAM FACTORY)
GIOVANNA EMIDI (ITALIAN DREAM FACTORY)
SILVIA NATILI (ITALIAN DREAM FACTORY)
MARIA GRAZIA CUCINOTTA (ITALIAN DREAM FACTORY)

Cast

VALERIA SOLARINO
ISABELLA RAGONESE
ENNIO FANTASTICHINI
GISELDA VOLODI
MARIA GRAZIA CUCINOTTA
MARCO FOSCHI
LUCREZIA LANTE DELLA ROVERE
CORRADO FORTUNA

Cinematography

ROBERTA ALLEGRINI

Film Editing

MARCO SPOLETINI

Costume Design

LIA FRANCESCA MORANDINI
SABRINA BERETTA

Original Music

GIANNA NANNINI
WILL MALONE

Production Design

BEATRICE SCARPATO

Synopsis

Viola di Mare (Sea Purple) is a story about the love of two young women, Angela and Sara, who have both grown up in the same historical microcosm surrounded by hauntingly beautiful scenery.
The plot is based on real events that took place on one of the islands near Sicily in the second half of the 19th century, events which were handed down by word of mouth over generations of country-folk till they are woven into a legend. This legend is brought to life again by the narrative craft of cinema, that kind of artistic cinema which is capable of showing universal truths behind a historical event and that can touch the hearts of its audience by working its spell through innovative techniques.
Thus, the story of Angela and Sara, with their love for each other, the courage to face the truth and their hunger for justice, becomes the story of each man and woman today as well as yesterday. This magic is brought about perhaps by the enthusiasm and commitment of its creators, an almost totally female team, perhaps by the beauty of the landscape or the masterly performance of the actors but certainly by the bravery and determination of the production.
Viola di Mare is a story about a love that is as intense and compelling as only young love can be, but it also speaks about challenging the rules of society. The film shows up abuses, social injustices and the age-long oppression of women, everything the protagonist Angela staunchly fights against.
Yet just as staunchly she besieges Sara, sometimes frantically, sometimes with tenderness, and she will not cease until Sara gives in to her passion. The two make a bold pact which they undertake almost as if they were drawing on the life force, driven by a spirit awakening from the torpor of social conventions.
The forces which she fights against will exact a high price but Angela is ready to pay it. She agrees to completely change her outward appearance, disguising herself as a man, but in her heart she never denies her identity as a woman.
In the film, the various stages of their passion, the moments of awareness, of joy, happiness and sorrow, are interwoven with the seasons of nature and its patterns, sometimes radiant and peaceful, sometimes raging, and these give a rhythm to the unfolding of the story.
The narrative structure finds unexpected closure which, though painful, serves to reaffirm the heroine’s identity and give meaning to the law of desire, the only law, Angela seems to say, for which it is worth paying the final price.
Inspired by the novel "Minchia di Re" written by Giacomo Pilati.

 

Festivals and Awards

Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma 2009, In Competition
Capri Hollywood 2009, Panorama
Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2010, Drama
Frameline - San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival 2010, World Cinema
Vancouver Queer Film & Video Festival 2010, Panorama
Festival Internacional de Cine Gay y Lesbico de Madrid 2010, Largometrajes
Queer Film Festival Mezipatra 2011– Czech Republic

 

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Technical details

Colour COLOUR

Shot on 35MM

Format 35MM

Screen Ratio 1:1,85

Length in Meters 3048

Number of reels 6

Sound mix DOLBY DIGITAL

HD for broadcast Available Yes

Language version available ITALIAN

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