A mano disarmata enters post-production
by Vittoria Scarpa
- Claudio Bonivento's film – based on the journalist Federica Angeli, who has been under protection since 2013, and starring Claudia Gerini – will be released in Italy on 4 April
Currently in post-production, and due to arrive in theatres on 4 April with Eagle Pictures, A mano disarmata [+see also:
film profile] is an adaptation of the eponymous book by the Italian journalist Federica Angeli, who has been under protection since 2013 following threats received due to her investigations into the mafia in Ostia, near Rome. Claudio Bonivento, best known as the award-winning producer of "civil cinema" films such as La scorta, Pasolini, un delitto italiano and 20 Cigarettes [+see also:
film profile], directed the feature, which was filmed at the beginning of December.
The La Repubblica reporter is played by Claudia Gerini: "I'm proud to play Federica Angeli," stated the actress, who received a David di Donatello Award in 2018 for her role in Love and Bullets [+see also:
interview: Marco and Antonio Manetti
film profile]. "We are going to tell the story of her battle for legality, the story of a courageous reporter, but also the story of a woman who possesses overwhelming humanity, a companion and a tender mother – a warrior of our times."
The film, written by Domitilla Shaula Di Pietro in collaboration with Angeli, tells the story of the challenges experienced by the 43-year-old journalist in the face of organised crime infesting the Roman coast. The journalist has continuously received threats since 2013 (she was sent an envelope containing a bullet just last April), without ever forgetting her role as a woman, mother and wife: courage and fear, solitude and solidarity, despair and enthusiasm all in the name of an openly-fought battle.
(Translated from Italian)
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