NAPLES – On the notes of Massenet and Mozart with the duo of Ciro Cascino and Gennaro Desiderio and the dramatized reading of ‘The lack’ by Lina Sastri, which the actress wrote about the illness and death of her brother Carmine, opened in the courtyard of the Royal Palace of Capodimonte, the Campania Theater Festival with its approximately 140 appointments until 12 July. It is, as Sastri herself says at the end, “a diary written in a time in which everything is true, testimony of pain and loss”, which begins in 2013 with a night run to the hospital to accompany the brother who is hospitalized for what will prove to be a cerebral hemorrhage, which will leave him crippled. Then here is also a cancer that hit him in 2017, to arrive at January 2021 with the death from Covid in a ward where no one can enter, while funerals are also forbidden: “It is not human not to be able to honor one’s dead, it is one thing atrocious “. Sastri tells of this brother with whom he had very little acquaintance before he was ill, also because he was a “pirate, a peter pan” always traveling, “elegant, handsome, full of women and a lover of adventure, fugitive from life and responsibilities “, and that instead arouses great tenderness and a sense of helplessness, leading her to feel like a sister and a mother and to take care of him and support him to the end. What he reads, apart from moments of real story of illness and pain, is a letter to Carmine who has to deal with his new reality, to invite him to take the opportunity of a new life, even for his parents. four children who need a father and who help him in a restaurant that has opened. A constant reminder to live the present and leave behind what it was, and at the same time the discovery of the vitality, curiosity, intelligence of his brother who begins to become passionate about music, to love Mozart very much, and to the history and beauty of Naples , who, walking on his sister’s arm, talks to her and fascinates her. And it is these short inserts, in which she gives voice to her brother, in which Sastri becomes truly evocative, she shows amazement and wonder in the tones of the voice that also takes the truth of the sound of the Neapolitan. A painful story, to which a little more writing and theatrical structure would have benefited the rhythm and emotion, a recall that is at the same time a confession of love for Carmine, trying to fill the absence, up to a fantastic ending in which, in order to talk to him again, she tries to do it on the phone and, while talking, she is hit by a car with the phone sliding on the asphalt and, after a while, she rings and the name of Carmine appears on the display. In a note that serves as the program of the hall, which also includes the photo of her and Carmine children, Lina Sastri says that “the story is seen every now and then because it arises from a necessity. It would like to become a short film. A short film that speaks in images. Where the story is the off-screen voice commenting on the images, and therefore, every now and then, we leave the personal subjective, to look at everything from the outside, as an objective and not more subjective perspective “.

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