Daniela de Felice
France | 2022 | 67 min
World premiere
Language : French
Subtitle : English

With fine watercolour strokes, Daniela de Felice (Casa, VdR 2013) paints the portrait of a young woman in love and with a true passion for politics. The film takes us back to the Italy of the 1990s, between Berlusconi’s rise to power and the final reverberations of the 20th century. Ardenza is unexpected and moving, with riveting sensitivity and sensuality.

Daniela de Felice, director of the splendid Casa, presented at Visions du Réel in 2013, returns to an intimate account tinged with nostalgia, about a young woman’s transition to adulthood, caught between political enthusiasm and exploring her sexuality. Ardenza thus takes us back into the past, into the heart of the 1990s, when Italy was hostage to Berlusconi’s demagogy and when Generation X, the last offline generation, was erring from one dead end to another in a kind of revolutionary ritual typical of adolescence. The director chooses to use evocation and, thanks to a voice inhabited by her words, charts the experience of a determined and emancipated young woman who is proud of her sensuality. Images fixed on film and fleeting and sensitive watercolours sketch out memories lodged forever in the protagonist’s mind. A film of otherworldly and astonishing beauty, Ardenza sets the screen aflame, image after image, in search of the essence of youth.

Rebecca De Pas

2006, (G)rêve général(e)
2007, Libronero
2013, Casa
2019, Angèle à la Casse
2020, Mille fois recommencer
2022, Ardenza

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Screenplay
Daniela de Felice
Photography
Daniela de FeliceMatthieu Chattelier
Sound
Daniela de Felice
Editing
Mona-Lise LanfantXavier Thibault
Production
Marc FayeNOVANIMA PRODUCTIONS
Sales contact
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