The Circeo massacre is one of the most heinous crimes committed in Italy (it took place on the night between 29 and 30 September 1975) which, years later, continues to cover up the guilty conscience of our country, all the more so as to commit that crime seasoned by torture were three boys from the so-called “Roma bene”. A crime that was also talked about for the success of the book by Edoardo Albinati from which one of the films that is now the most talked about at the Venice Film Festival, “La scuola Cattolica”, is based., directed by Stefano Mordini and presented Out of Competition.
To play the protagonist, that is Donatella Colasanti, who survived the Circeo massacre by pretending to be dead after suffering unprecedented violence, Benedetta Porcaroli is one of the most successful young actresses of our cinema. “I think it is right and necessary to tell this story again to my generation. It was emotionally strong to process all this as a person and as an actress. I hope I have given Donatella a little more justice. “
“Even today we hear when there are facts of rape how she was dressed, if she was drunk, the sentences are often full of sexist stereotypes, more is reported in recent years but it is still hard to be believed. Unfortunately, after 46 years, Circeo’s violence is still a current past “added Federica Torchetti who plays Rosaria Lopez, who did not survive the violence and died. The film also stars Valeria Golino, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jasmine Trinca, Giulio Pranno, Fausto Russo Alesi, Fabrizio Gifuni, Valentina Cervi.
The director explained the need for this film as follows: “At the trial, the two perpetrators of the crime who were arrested (the third lived all his life as a fugitive) gave vague, delusional reasons: “We did it because it was time to give a signal.“” We had to make it clear that we were still alive. ” “We couldn’t sit idle.” I often thought about these phrases during filming, but for the opposite reason to that of the killers. I think that cinema is an extraordinary art because it can help to escape, to imagine history in another way, to reflect on what happened or to keep the attention high “.