CORPO CELESTE directed by ALICE ROHRWACHER • Drama
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Selection! Read an excerpt from Erin Trahan's AWFJ review: "If a cinematic canon were to prioritize an adolescent girl’s point of view, Alice Rohrwacher’s CORPO CELESTE from 2011 would top the list. The first of Rohrwacher’s several features as writer-director of fiction, CORPO CELESTE succeeds as a highly original coming-of-age story set among worn out but still potent Catholic traditions."
Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, quiet but curious 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother toils away at an industrial bakery. Marta's only source of socialization is the local church, where she is told to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation. But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly sees through the hypocrisy of the priest, who cares more about status than about his constituents. Eventually, Marta forges her very own way of the cross, which turns out to have much less to do with God than with her own climb towards adulthood.
DIRECTED BY ALICE ROHRWACHER
ITALY | 2011| ITALIAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES | 100 MINUTES