The memory of when, at ten years old, she caught chickenpox during the summer and instead of going to the seaside she was cared for by her grandparents from Corato (Bari), by her aunts but also by her aunts’ friends.A region therefore (Puglia) that reminds her of love, sweetness and the smell of clean, she says smiling Micaela Ramazzotti guest of the 24th edition of the Lecce European Film Festival where he received the Lifetime Achievement Award, he presented his new film as director “Happiness” winner of Spectators Award in the Orizzonti Extra section of the Venice Film Festival.
However, at the Lecce Festival (in the city from 11th to 18th November) some films in which she was the protagonist will also be screened such as “Tutta la vita ante”, “La prima cosa bella” or “La pazza cielo”.
Overwhelming, vital, modern but also tormented, free, insecure: there are many faces of the women she plays on the big screen, all with the same authenticity.
THE “WOMEN” OF MICAELA RAMAZZOTTI
“A retrospective on me, here at the Lecce European Film Festival, next to the retrospective dedicated to Roman Polanski it is much more than I could have imagined, It almost seems funny to me but obviously it makes me very proud. I am deeply connected to each of these films. It’s a very happy moment for me.”
“When I started making films and playing my first characters oppressed, fragile women, women derided or bullied in some way by society, I did it a bit by chance, then I realized that directors liked it and I rode the wave. Soon, however, I realized that I also liked these figures, I was interested in those women because they were part of me, of my shyness, of my embarrassed smiles or of my sadness as well as of my melancholy.
The result is that each of them is like a distant echo within me. I believe in some way I have been able to shine a light on these types of women and with Desirée, (the protagonist of my film “Happiness”) I believe I have united them all together”
“Deciding to direct for the first time, I admit, is something that made me very proud. I took courage, I involved an entire crew and I started directing “Felicità”. When you tell a story you have to involve many people around you because cinema is made by many and we alone are nothing.
I tried to make the whole crew understand my point of view and what I wanted to tell. It was essential that everyone was able to connect with me in some way and I think I was quite successful.
I took them all on my train and didn’t derail! In the end I even brought the Lion home from Venice!”.