Official screening

  • tuesday, 5 september 2023
Sala Laguna
by Annalena Benini e Francesco Piccolo
with Patrizia Cavalli

(2023, Italy, 77')

An intimate, ironic portrait of Italian poet and author Patrizia Cavalli. Her story is one of a free woman who needed her audience and her friendships, a girl who left her hometown and its rigid rules.
This documentary shows the intrinsic, carnal freedom in Cavalli’s poetry, poetry infused with real life and an existence that won’t touch the irrelevance of any labels. The two producers commented how the film is about living and being what you will. Patrizia Cavalli knows no existential code of conduct, her only codes were her own. “She gave them to us and we filmed them, never taking a step away from her soul.”
Patrizia Cavalli died on June 21, 2022, as the film was in its post-production phase. The film is, essentially, her testament. In the Special Events section at the Venice Film Festival, filmmaker Céline Sciamma presented This is How a Child Becomes a Poet, documenting Cavalli’s last day at home.


I met her in Rome in 1969. I remember seeing her at class: she was beautiful...

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