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Italian Artist Roberta Torre at Festival for Expanded Media
Filmstil aus "Mare Nero", 2006. © Roberta Torre

STUTTGART, GERMANY.- From the 18th. until the 20th. January, 2008, the 21. Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media will be presenting the first comprehensive exhibition of the works of Italien artist Roberta Torre.

Roberta Torre (*1962) was born in Milan. After studying philosophy she subsequently went to the film academy (with the main focus on directing), and acting school Paolo Grassi, both in Milan. Her first works were short films on film and video, which were shown and won prizes at renowned Italian and international film festivals. Regarding her style these first films merged documentary and fiction, in which the drastic reality is breached by theatrical elements.

This development concentrates in her first feature film Tano da Morire (1997), a bizarre musical with non-professional actors portraying the Mafia and its habits.

The film proves very successful among critics and audience of Venetian festival “Settimana della Critica” winning several awards, among them three “David di Donatello” (the most important Italian film award) – one of these fort he film’s soundtrack by Nino D’Angelo.

After that she produced Sud Side Story (2000), another musical featuring hundreds of African migrants as actors about a modern Romeo and Julia couple. The film’s soundtrack and respective lyrics were created by Gino de Crescenzo, now known by his pseudonym “Pacifico”, and Dennis Bowell, arranger of the legendary Linton Kweesi Johnson.

Her third film Angela is a classic melodrama and was introduced at the “Quinzaine des Réalisateurs” in Cannes, France in 2002, and was released in cinemas in the same year. Angela features Donatella Finocchiaro in her first role - she had been selected after hundreds of castings with unknown actresses. In 2006 Torre realizes mare nero, a Neo-Noir with Luigi Lo Cascio and Anna Mouglalis.

18.01.2008, 8 pm, Filmhaus Saal 2 - Oh Tano! - Tano da morire - Italy 1997, 35 mm, 80:00 min. Directed by: Roberta Torre, camera: Daniele Cipri, cut: Giò Giò Franchini, sound: Glauco Puletti, Mauro Lazzaro, music: Nino d'Angelo, artists: Ciccio Cuarino, Mimma De Rosalia, Enzo Paglino, Maria Aliotta, Anna m. Confalone

This is the true story of Tano Guarrasi in the shape of a musical burlesque. Tano Guarrasi, butcher and Mafia boss from Palermo, dies through eight bullets. A mourning case as well as a reason for marriage, since Tano had not allowed for his four wild sisters to get married or even acquainted with men in general. Eventually the medieval spinsters are free now of their manic macho’s love, and so the first one jumps right into a wedding dress. The others sit under the drying hood, happily gabbing away at the wonderfully pink beauty salon. The story is told by the people of Palermo. Unknown actors, people who actually knew Tano Guarrasi – some of them related to him – tell us Tano’s story accompanied by music: dancing, singing and playing. However, before Roberta Torre, no one really came up with the idea to make a musical out of a Mafia story.

19.01.2008, 10 pm, Filmhaus Saal 2 – Angela - Italy 2002, 35 mm, 95:00 min. Directed by: Roberta Torre, camera: Daniele Cipri , cut: Roberto Missiroli, music: Andrea Guerra, artists: Mario Pupella, Andrea Distefano, Donatella Finocchiaro.

Angela is born in Ballarò, the market neighborhood of Palermo. She gets married when she’s twenty to Saro, and for years she shares his life of drug dealing and easy money. She is wife, mistress, and trusted accomplice to her husband. The life he leads fascinates her, she likes the luxury and the money, and above all the risk. She gave up her family for him, turned her back on an honest future and good work. When she sees Masino for the first time, she takes him for a cop, but he becomes her husband’s right-man and she and Masino begin a passionate and tormented love affair. “Angela” is the story of a woman and her life in the solitude of a world made of laws written by men. It also paints the fresco of a world of men, both cruel and disarmed at the same time, who are constantly forced to deny their own true feelings.

20.01.2008 3 pm, Filmhaus Saal 1 - Mare Nero - Italy, France 2006, 35mm, 82 Min. Directed by: Roberta Torre, Heidrun Schleef; camera: Daniele Ciprì; cut: Jacopo Quadri; Ton: Michele Tarantola; music: Shigeru Umebayashi; artists Luigi Lo Cascio, Anna Mouglalis, Maurizio Donadoni Andrea Klara Osvart, Massimo Popolizio, Monica Samassa, Rossella D’Andrea.

The film tells the story of a police inspector’s infernal journey and his confrontations with doubt and deceit while choosing unorthodox paths, moving on a fine line where private and public matters merge.

Location: Filmhaus Stuttgart, Friedrichsstr. 23a, 70174 Stuttgart.

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