The World Upside Down



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Directed by Isabella Sandri  / feature film / prod. Gaundri, Overlook, in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia / distribution Istituto Luce / 98 min. / 35 mm / year 1995 / Italy

“The longed-for upside-down world which haunts the girl’s premature disenchantment is woven through the narrative in a clear and coherent web of symbols. Central among these is the pair of laurel trees planted at the children’s baptism – and later felled before maturity. Sandri has a sure touch in combining this poetic vision with a telling evocation of the reality of provincial life transformed by Italy’s post-war economic boom: ‘Il Mondo alla Rovescia’ is a lucidly personal debut sure to fulfil it’s director’s hopes of communicating her interior vision” (John Young – Pardo News- Locarno Film Festival 1995)
“One of the most moving but difficult films N.I.C.E. is showing this year is Isabella Sandri’s first feature, ‘Il Mondo alla Rovescia’ (The World Upside Down). For the patient viewer, this portrait of people of the rural Veneto is insightful and extremely touching, while Sandri’s interest in the camera’s potential bespeaks a talent to keep an eye on.” (Deborah Young, for the Selection Group of N.I.C.E. ’95)

Synopsis

The film opens on a baptism in the early seventies in Polesine (a region in the Venetian provinces). Two small trees are planted. The baptism is that of Chiara and Nino. The heads of the two infants, united in the hope of a common destiny, peak out from behind the large back of Rosa, Nino’s grandmother, who is cradling them.

20 years pass… Chiara and Nino are in bed after having made love. During those 20 years, Rosa has continued to cradle her ‘putin’ (‘little man’ in Venetian dialect), her Nino. She has done so with an attentive, excessive love as if to compensate for the loss of his parents, and in this way taking part in the sorry building of the boy’s future.

Chiara too has been lulled all these years by an apparently normal family life and recently acquired economic comfort. But just when she is to strike out on her own, she finds the confidence lacking in herself and in those around her.

In addition to a description of these three people, the film is a sort of repertory of eccentric values and cracks in the organized surfaces of life. Before she dies, old Rosa manages to bequeath Chiara a sort of legacy: she shown a grain of doubt about accepting the apparent, unchanging order of things. 

" ‘The World Upside Down’ describes the glimmer of hope that momentarily allows a young woman of 20 to glimpse a possible transformation of her limited - and immobile – world full with affects that have always been denied her. By choice, the film was to have been a selection of stories that, if not autobiographical, were nonetheless authentic. Finally, out of love, the film became a sort of dedication, dedication to a girl of 20 with few resources, born and bred in a milieu has none at all." (Isabella Sandri)

Credits

Story  Isabella Sandri

Screenplay  Isabella Sandri, Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Giuseppe Rocca

Photography   Tarek Ben Abdallah, Fabio M. Iaquone

Cameramen  Isabella Sandri, Frank G. Blasberg, Tarek Ben Abdallah

Set Designer   Giuseppe M. Gaudino

Costumes   Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Paola Marchesin

Assistant director   Luigi Marangoni

Sound  Mario Iaquone, Eliana Matania

Music  Epsilon Indi

Editing  Jacopo Quadri, Giuseppe M. Gaudino

Production organizers   Monica e Isabella Sandri

Cast

Francesca Antonelli

Marcello Ferrari

Anna Recchimuzzi

Dada Morelli

Renzo Rossi

Remo Remotti

Lucia Andreotti

Rosanna Spadoni

Silvana Bosi

Ludovico Pesce

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