( 2022, Italy, Belgium, 106')
Assisi, central Italy, year 1211. Chiara (Margherita Mazzucco, My Brilliant Friend) is barely eighteen when one night, she leaves her family home and all her comforts to meet his friend, Francis (Andrea Carpenzano). For Chiara, the founder of the Poor Clares orders, that was the beginning of her new life. Her dreams of freedom will lead her on the way of sanctity and throughout her life, less known and less scrutinized than Francis’, she has been feeding on inexhaustible energy of renewal. On one side, the enthusiasm and carelessness of young age; on the other, the momentous consequences of any revolution, especially the most radical ones.
Actor, director, and screenwriter Susanna Nicchiarelli (Rome, 1975) debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2009 with his first feature film, Cosmonauta, which went on to win the Controcampo Italiano section. In 2010, she was a member of the Controcampo jury, and in 2012, she produced Discovery at Dawn. After biopic Nico, 1988, which won the Best Film Award at the VFF’s Orizzonti section in 2017, and Miss Marx, Nicchiarelli is in the main competition with his third female portrait: the life and story of Saint Claire of Assisi.