11/19/2019 05:30 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

Italy 2019 94 min Hassanya original version with German and English subtitles

by Michela Occhipinti

Script: Michela Occhipinti, Simona Coppini, DoP: Daria D’Antonio, Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli, Music: Alex Braga, Producers: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Production: Vivo Film, Rai Cinema, Cast: Verida Beitta Ahmed Deiche, Amal Saab Bouh Oumar, Aichetou Abdallahi Najim, Sidi Mohamed Chighaly

Verida is a modern girl. She works in a beauty salon, is addicted to social media and hangs out with her friends. Still, she is engaged to be married to a man chosen by her family, and like many girls her age, she is forced to gain a substantial amount of weight in a tradition called gavage, because in Mauritania having a voluptuous body is considered a sign of great beauty, charm, wealth and social status. The wedding is fast approaching and meal after meal Verida will end up challenging everything she always thought was normal, her loved ones, her life and not least her own body.

“Based on actual events, Michela Occhipinti’s feature debut is a meticulous and gentle observation of the polarising tensions that permeate the modern female experience in twenty-first century Mauritania.” (from the catalogue of the Berlin International Film Festival 2019)

More information: https://filmsboutique.com/movies/flesh-out/

Michela Occhipinti, born in Rome/Italy in 1968, has lived in Morocco, Hong Kong, the Congo, Switzerland, Milan and London. In 1995, she returned to Rome and worked as a researcher and production assistant in documentary and advertising. She filmed and produced ¡VIVA LA PEPA! (GIVE US BACK THE CONSTITUTION) about the social crisis in Argentina and made SEI UNO NERO about a radio station involved in the prevention of Aids and malaria in Malawi. Her first feature-length documentary, LETTERS FROM THE DESERT (EULOGY TO SLOWNESS), screened at 80 festivals and won 21 awards.

Filmography (selection): 2010 LETTERS FROM THE DESERT (EULOGY TO SLOWNESS), 2019 FLESH OUT

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