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Sulla mia pelle in Turin

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Freedom, or rather the lack of freedom. This is the theme tackled by one of the two Italian films in competition at the Turin Film Festival: Sulla mia pelle, by Valerio Jalongo, starring Ivan Franek ( Burning in the Wind [+see also:
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) and Donatella Finocchiaro ( Angela [+see also:
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). Sulla mia pelle is produced by Pequod, with funding from the Italian Ministry of Culture and is due to be released in cinemas in March 2004. The main character is a prisoner who’s serving a four year term for robbing a bank. Tony is let out on a day release basis and he goes to work in a dairy. At the beginning he views his freedom as a wonderful gift, but he will soon have to open his eyes to the real world, made up of the mafia, extortionists and blackmail. But there’s also love to experience and existential choices to be made.

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"I wanted to make a film about freedom in the existential sense – explains the director – seen as the chance to choose. The film is the story of someone who lives in a double world: semi-free. It’s not a sociological survey, it’s more the adventure of a person with all the contradictions he lives through".

And her strong performance in Angela, Donatella Finocchiaro is back on our screens in a new dramatic role. But she’ll also be turning to comedy in the future: "It was time that I played a comic character", says the Sicilian actress. She’ll soon be appearing in “a comedy by Davide Ferrario, starring Luciana Littizzetto, Neri Marcoré and Dino Abbrescia ( Se devo essere sincera) and I’ll also be performing in a film by Renato De Maria ( Amatemi), where I’ll be starring alongside Isabella Ferrari and Valerio Mastandrea".

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