The incredible real story of survival and resilience of the geneticist Mario Capecchi, born in 1937, Nobel Prize 2007 for medicine thanks to his studies on gene targeting, “I wanted to tell it, especially as a teaching for today’s kids, who are very intelligent but often abandoned from society. They are alone. This is a story that can be of great comfort and support. This is why I want to go to schools after going out to the cinema “. Word of Roberto Faenza, which returns to cinemas from June 16 in 100 copies distributed by Altre Storie, with Hill of vision, an intense biopic dedicated to the incredible and traumatic childhood that Capecchi lived during the Second World War and to the ‘rebirth’ that came after conflict, in the USA. The film that had debuted at the Bif & st, stars Lorenzo Ciamei, in the role of Mario as a child and Jake Donald -Crooke for Mario as a teenager, together with, among others, Laura Haddock, Elisa Lasowski, Sofia d’Elia, Rosa Diletta Rossi and Francesco Montanari. “I was convinced that this was a film about the past instead of what is happening, I realize how topical it is, observing how many children are arriving abandoned due to the war. Let’s hope that some of them have the fortune of Mario – underlines Faenza – . When he arrived in the US he was illiterate and did not know English, no one gave him a chance. It was his Quaker uncles with whom he was hosted who gave him that confidence boost he needed to allow him to start living again. ” . Capecchi, in 1941, was only 4 years old when his mother Lucy Ramberg (Haddock), an American who grew up in Florence, an anti-fascist militant, moved near Bolzano, was arrested and deported by the Germans. Shortly before, the woman, en route with the child’s father, who was never married, a convinced fascist pilot (Montanari), had entrusted the child to a peasant family but Mario escaped after a year and joined gangs of children living with them in Street. Ended up in an orphanage, in 1946 Mario is found by his mother Lucy, forever marked by what he lived in the concentration camp. Together they embark for the United States, where they are greeted by Edward Ramberg (Edward Holcroft), Lucy’s brother, and his wife Sarah (Lasowski), who take them to live in the Quaker community of Bryn Gweled in Pennsylvania: “We would have liked to film in those areas, but nothing was left of those years – explains Faenza – so we rebuilt a piece of the USA on a plateau in Alto Adige “. That in the United States is a very difficult new start of impact for the child, helped by his uncles to overcome his anger and his sense of isolation. The story stops before the start of his studies: “It was Mario who told me that the fundamental and most formative part of his life was childhood – underlines Faenza -. After seeing the film he cried for a long time, and he told us it’s the first time he feels something is being returned to him. ” The idea for the project came years ago to the producer and wife of Faenza, Elda Ferri: “I had read about Capecchi’s decision to donate the hat he received as a child from his mother to the Kyoto museum, which has become a symbol of what he had lived. . I realized how important it could be to tell his story, “he explains. Co-producer and costume designer (with Bojana Nikitovic) of the film is the four-time Oscar winner Milena Canonero: “I have always loved Elda and Roberto’s projects – she says – Beyond the aesthetic part, it is the subject of a project that fascinates me and convinces me to accept , without looking at whether the film is big or small. One day I might even make a Marvel film if they offered me one with a compelling subject. Hill of vision particularly thrilled me. It is the story of a little boy who can survive and become a man full of humor, cheerful and positive. Who knows maybe one day Roberto might even turn the second part of his life which is equally exciting “. Meanwhile, Faenza will start another important project in July: a TV film for Rai on Alda Merini, played by Monica Guerritore.
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