The Black Sheep by Ascanio Celestini

Genre:
Dramedy, Drama
Year:
2010
Language:
Italian
Format:
93 minutes
Starring:
Ascanio Celestini (MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD)
Giorgio Tirabassi
Maya Sansa (BEST OF YOUTH, GOOD MORNING, NIGHT)
Luigi Fedele
Directed by:
Ascanio Celestini (MY BROTHER IS AN ONLY CHILD)
Produced by:
Madeleine in collaboration with RAI Cinema and BIM Distribuzione
In Competition at THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL.

“The madhouse it's a condominium of saints. Saints are the poor foolish lunatics between the Chinese sheets, shrouds of manufacture. Saint is the nun that with the lamp on her bedside-table nearby brightens like an ex-voto. And the doctor is the Holy of Holies, he's the father of all saints, he's Jesus Christ.”

This is how Nicola narrates his 35 years of “madhouse electroshock” and in his confused mind, reality and imagination clash, by producing inevitable flashes of inspiration. Nicola was born in the Sixties, “the fantastic Sixties” and the world he sees inside the hospital is not so different from the one running outside, a more and more voracious world where the only thing that seems to never run out is the fear.

 

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In Competition Venice Film Festival 2010

LE MONDE (4 STARS OUT OF 5)

LA REPUBBLICA (4 STARS OUT OF 5)

IL CORRRIERE DE LA SERA (4 STARS OUT OF 5)

“Raconteur-writer-actor Ascanio Celestini proves he is a brilliant storyteller in yet another medium: cinema. In a work of art that displays his sensitivity and vast storytelling skills, Celestini captures the impoverished agrarian society that was Italy just 40 years ago, the innumerable injustices that lie within our mental institutions and the story of a life, interrupted. Celestini lifts profound tragedy from darkness with warmth, humour and even hope without stooping to cheap sentimentality or caricature.” (THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER)

“The film seems to have all it takes to move audiences… unusually powerful for a debut film” (CINEUROPA.ORG)