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Special Screenings: Invelle by Simone Massi, sicilian premiere

9 July 2024

After its world debut at the Venice Film Festival in the Orizzonti section, where it won the Carlo Lizzani Award, and an intense journey at international festivals, the long-awaited feature film Invelle by the award-winning animation director Simone Massi will be presented on Tuesday 23 July, in Sicilian preview, at the 10th Animaphix Film Festival. A debut in the full-length area for Massi, already a four-time winner for Best Animated Short Film at the Nastri d’Argento and David di Donatello Award, the film – produced by Minimum Fax and distributed by Lucky Red – will be released in cinemas on August 29th.

Invelle, which in the Marche dialect means “nowhere, nowhere”, is the chronicle of three crucial moments of the Italian twentieth century: from fascist and Nazi oppression to the workers’ struggles, through a poignant family saga of great political and aesthetic force. It is a lyrical ode to the peasant and resistant world between traditional drawing and rotoscope. The forty thousand frames, drawn by hand one by one, are accompanied by the voices of famous Italian actors and narrators, such as Marco Baliani, Mimmo Cuticchio, Ascanio Celestini, Luigi Lo Cascio, Neri Marcorè, Giovanna Marini, Toni Servillo and Filippo Timi.

During the evening, director will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his almost thirty-year production, which has always focused on the stories of silent and normal generations, tireless workers and farmers, in a continuous search for origins.

“In the piece of land where I was born and raised, there is nothing important to see and remember, nothing that could be considered worthy of ending up in books. A sort of “Invelle”, a non-place from which History with a capital letter took and demanded everything it wanted and could. In exchange, we had the stories with a lowercase letter, the ones that either you pass them down orally or they get lost.”
Simone Massi

July 23, 2024, at 10 pm
Villa Cattolica – Guttuso Museum, S.S.113 – Via Ramacca 9, Bagheria (PA)
Free entry while places last

Simone Massi

A former worker, then trained at the Urbino Book School, Simone Massi has created and directed selected animations at festivals in 75 countries worldwide. Winner of over 300 awards, including a David di Donatello, three Silver Ribbons, a Flaiano Award for the animation created within the documentary La strada dei Samouni, Oeil d’Or Award at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.