The first work by Francesca Olivieri dedicated to the Italo-Albanian culture and the return to the arbëreshë roots. Arbëria's national premiere will be held on 26 on March 2019 at the 20,30 at the Cinema Garden in Rende (Cosenza)
Aida has long been ashamed to belong to one of the arbëreshe communities living on the Pollino, in southern Italy.
The girl has been migrating for many years, in a city where she was able to build a tranquility that allowed her to keep away from her family. But on the occasion of his father's death he is forced to return to his country where, thanks to his niece, he rediscovers his origins.
Aida will resume the use of her mother tongue, the Arbërisht, spoken by a minority of women, who have kept ancient traditions alive, in a balance between a sense of memory and a desire for emancipation.
It is the story told in "Arbëria", the feature film by the Piedmontese director Francesca Olivieri, which investigates the strong ties and cultural heritage of the arbëreshe communities that still survive in some small villages of Calabria and Basilicata.
The protagonist's role was entrusted to Caterina Misasi, a Roman actress of Calabrian descent known to the general public for her appearances on the small screen in "Un Medico in Famiglia", "Centovetrine", "Vivere". She is joined by the young co-star Brixhilda Shqalsi, an actress of Albanian origins. The other main roles saw the participation of the Calabrian-Lucanian actors Carmelo Giordano, Anna Stratigò, Mario Scaerbo, Alessandro Castriota Scanderbeg, Fabio Pappacena, Antonio Andrisani. Great enthusiasm also produced the presence of the very young and talented performer Denise Sapia.
Fabio Nunziata, former collaborator of director Abel Ferrara, edited the film. The music is by the composer Luigi Porto, recently engaged in the production of soundtracks together with maestro Angelo Badalamenti.
Through the eyes of the protagonist Aida, the director - whose family has origins in the small village arbëreshë of Santa Caterina Albanese - wants to face the theme of the rediscovery of her own origins and, above all of the mending of the tears with it and its stringent constraints. The film does not only tell the vicissitudes of the protagonist, but also bears the memory of an entire community, that of the arbëreshe, which gave rise to the territory of Arbëria - an enclave of Albania in Italy - to escape the persecutions suffered between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, and whose culture today risks disappearing under the weight of a homologous global culture.
It is a conflict between tradition and modernity that the protagonist of the film traverses within this geographical and sentimental area, the Arbëria, which in fact does not exist. The woman lives a true nostalgia for belonging, a common feeling of modern times that paralyzes the present and sterilizes the future of many, always in constant search of themselves and their identity.
The work will debut as a world premiere, in collaboration with Charlemagne, next Tuesday 26 March, 20 hours: 30, at the Cinema Garden of Rende (CS). A national distribution will follow which will touch different Italian locations.
The film is produced by Open Fields Productions, in collaboration with the Lucana Film Commission and the Calabria Film Commission, with the support of MiBAC and SIAE as part of the "Sillumina" initiative, with the support of BCC Mediocrati and Echoes.
Arbëria is distributed by LAGO Film, a new Calabrian cinema reality.
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