Corpo Celeste | 2012
Set in Calabria, deep in the south of Italy, Corpo Celeste is the story of 13 year old Marta who is struggling to resettle after ten years growing up in Switzerland. Bright-eyed and restless, she observes the sights, sounds and smells of the city but feels very much an outsider. Marta is about to undergo the rite of confirmation, and in the convention of the Catholic Church she starts taking catechism, hoping to also make some new friends. However, the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly confronts the morality of the local community, as well as the hypocrisy of the priest, who cares more about status than about his constituents. A series of subtle moments trace her journey as she both connects and conflicts with her mother, sister and the Sunday school teacher Santa. From experiencing her period to making a bold decision to cut her hair, Marta begins to shape her own life for the first time since moving back to Italy.