La pecora nera or if you prefer, The Black Sheep is the feature debut from Ascanio Celestini, which is In Competition for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.
Yes, we said it’s a comedy, but they also describe it as an “inventive, funny and tragic” movie. Check out the La pecora nera synopsis and see why…
“The psychiatric hospital is an apartment block of saints. The poor crazy inmates tucked into their Chinese sheets – industrially manufactured shrouds – are saints, the nun lit up like an ex-voto by her bedside lamp is a saint.
And the doctor is the saintliest of all, he is the head of the saints, he is Jesus Christ.”
This is how Nicola describes his 35 years in the “electric asylum” and in his messed-up head reality and fantasy merge, producing unexpected illuminations.
Nicola was born in the 1960s, “the fabulous sixties”, and the world he saw from the hospital is not so very different from the one passing by on the outside – an increasingly voracious world, in which the only thing there is no shortage of is fear.”
La Pecora Nera is written by Ascanio Celestini, Ugo Chiti and Wilma Labate and movie stars Ascanio Celestini as Nicola, Maya Sansa as Marinella, Giorgio Tirabassi as Ascanio, with Luisa De Santis and Barbara Valmorin.