Narrative Feature Competition
A juried competition featuring the best of international cinema.
Arianna (Narrative Feature Special Jury Prize Winner)
Italy, 2015, 84 min., Color, Italian (with English subtitles)
Carlo Lavagna’s debut feature, ARIANNA, unfolds like a classic film mystery set in the the gorgeous Italian countryside. Arianna is nineteen years old and still hasn’t had her first period. She’s starting to notice that she hasn’t physically matured like other girls. Her parents are feeding her hormones prescribed by a gynecologist. Now her breasts have become slightly enlarged and this is causing her some discomfort. The hormones aren’t helping with her maturation. Her parents decide to take her back to the lake house in Bolsena where they used to vacation. While staying in the house, old memories start to come back to Arianna like pieces of a puzzle slowly begin to fall into place. When her parents tell her it's time to return to the city for a few days, Arianna wants to stay behind to study for her exams. Her father accepts despite her mother's objections, as Arianna becomes more suspicious of her condition and her parents. Arianna’s investigation into her past includes seeing a new gynecologist without her parents’ knowledge, and a new exploration of her body and her sexuality. All of this leads up to surprise conclusion that will shock audiences as much as it shocks Arianna herself.
— James Faust
Tommaso Bertani, Carlo Lavagna
Emanuele De Raymondi
Ondina Quadri, Massimo Popolizio, Valentina Carnelutti, Corrado Sassi, Blu Yoshimi
Carlo Lavagna is an independent documentary film director and producer. Carlo is a permanent contributor for Nowness.com, the LVMH owned website on contemporary life. He made his documentary feature directorial debut in 2006 with HIP HOP DIARIES, followed up by the made for TV movie SIMONE RUGIATI MISSIONE VENEZIA (2011). ARIANNA (2015) is his latest feature.