Archive of films Antonia / Antonia

Italy / Greece
2015, 96 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2015

Distinguished Italian poet Antonia Pozzi (1912–1938) was among those women who were at odds with the times in which they lived. Her poems record her inability to adapt to social norms and her desire to live fully, and in poetry she sought an escape from reality and from her own complex soul and emotional life. An exceptional debut from a talented Italian filmmaker whose short work was awarded at the festivals in Locarno and Sundance.


Antonia Pozzi was born in 1912, the daughter of a Milanese lawyer, and began writing poetry at the age of sixteen. The film describes her family environment, her infatuation with one of her teachers at school, and her ties with young Milanese radicals during the fascist years. Using authentic photographs and excerpts from her poems, debut director Ferdinando C. Filomarino subtly and skilfully captures Pozzi’s physical and psychological experience of growing into a young woman who rebels against convention as she endeavours to live life to the full. At the beginning of December 1938 Antonia’s inner turmoil culminated in her suicide at a mere 26 years of age. Until that point none of her poems had been published, yet, today, Antonia Pozzi is regarded as Italy’s greatest modern female poet; a documentary entitled The Sky in Me (2014) was created to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth. The feature film Antonia was instigated by well-known director Luca Guadagnino who comes from Palermo (Sicily) and was involved in the project as producer.

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About the director

Ferdinando Cito Filomarino

Ferdinando Cito Filomarino was born in Milan and, after spells in Boston and London, he studied film history and theory at the University of Bologna. He then shortly worked as assistant director, including on Luca Guadagnino’s film I Am Love (Io sono amore), which was hugely successful in the USA. He, himself, directed the short film Diarchy (Diarchia, 2010), which features three well-known young Italian and French actors and earned him a Prix Pianifica at the 63rd Locarno IFF in 2010 and an Honorable Mention at Sundance in 2011, among other awards. After the short documentary Deceit. Visconti’s Conversation Piece (L’inganno, 2013) he shot his first feature film Antonia.


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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino
Screenplay: Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, Carlo Salsa
Dir. of Photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editor: Walter Fasano
Art Director: Bruno Duarte
Producer: Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito
Production: Frenesy Film Company
Coproduction: Faliro House Productions S.A.
Cast: Linda Caridi, Filippo Dini, Alessio Praticò, Perla Ambrosini, Federica Fracassi
Contact: Frenesy Film Company


Ferdinando Cito Filomarino

Stella Savino

Associate Producer

Carlo Salsa


Linda Caridi


Alessio Praticò


Luca Lo Monaco


Walter Fasano

Film Editor

Fernanda Perez

Make Up Artist

Luca Guadagnino


Marco Morabito


Emma Galli

Film Crew

Manolo Garcia


Perla Ambrosini



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