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by Andrea Adriatico


Bitter Years retraces the life of Mario Mieli, among the founders of the Italian Homosexual Liberation Movement, created at the beginning of the Seventies. Born in 1952 in Milan, Mario killed himself in 1983, before he was 31. He was an activist, an intellectual, a writer and a performer: a key figure in the Italian cultural panorama at that time, together with his friends architect Corrado Levi, painter Piero Fassoni singer Ivan Cattaneo, activist Angelo Pezzana, writer Fernanda Pivano and poet Milo De Angelis. He liked to provoke and to be an innovator but, today, his thought has been completely forgotten. A son of the upper-middle class and second-last of seven children, he spent an entire life having a complicate relationship with his parents, Water and Liderica and the last years of his life together with his love Umberto Pasti, in a very difficult and intense love story. Bitter years are the years a young boy spent, with his alien sweetness, to make his life unique. His name was Mario, or, if you prefer, Maria,

international title: Bitter Years
original title: Gli Anni Amari
country: Italy
sales agent: The Open Reel
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Andrea Adriatico
film run: 112'
release date: IT 2/07/2020
screenplay: Grazia Verasani, Stefano Casi, Andrea Adriatico
cast: Nicola Di Benedetto, Sandra Ceccarelli, Antonio Catania, Lorenzo Balducci, Tobia De Angelis, Francesco Martino, Davide Merlini, Giovanni Cordì, Adriana Barbieri, Gino Paccagnella
cinematography by: Gianmarco Rossetti
film editing: Chiara Marotta
art director: Andrea Barberini, Giovanni Santecchia
costumes designer: Andrea Barberini, Giovanni Santecchia
producer: Saverio Peschechera
production: L'Altra Cinemare, RAI Cinema
backing: MiBAC (IT), Emilia-Romagna Film Commission (IT), Fondazione Apulia Film Commission (IT)
distributor: I Wonder Pictures
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