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by Chiara Bellosi


Benedetta, an obese fifteen-year-old yearning for attention, lives in a tawdry province in the south of Italy, emblematic of her inner landscape where everything could be and yet is not. She falls in love with Armando, aka Amanda, a young transvestite who is attracted to the young girl's innocence and begins an unhealthy relationship of mutual dependence with her. Amanda runs a carousel at the fair across the street from Benedetta's house, and the girl is magnetically drawn to this colorful and exciting world. But Amanda not only runs the carousel, she's also a call boy and sells drugs. Between intoxication and family rebellion and the discovery of sex - a great disappointment - she completes her rite of passage into adulthood.

international title: Swing Ride
original title: Calcinculo
country: Italy, Switzerland
sales agent: Vision Distribution
year: 2022
genre: fiction
directed by: Chiara Bellosi
film run: 80'
screenplay: Maria Teresa Venditti, Luca De Bei
cast: Gaia Di Pietro, Andrea Carpenzano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Giandomenico Cupaiuolo, Francesca Antonelli, Alessio Praticò, Claudia Salerno, Paola Tintinelli, Germana Petavrachi, Rachele Petavrachi
cinematography by: Claudio Cofrancesco
film editing: Carlotta Cristiani
art director: Luca Servino
costumes designer: Laura Locher
music: Giuseppe Tranquillino Minerva
producer: Carlo Cresto-Dina
production: Tempesta, Tellfilm, RAI Cinema, RSI - Radiotelevisione Svizzera di Lingua Italiana
backing: Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo del Ministero della Cultura DGCA-MIC, Regione Lazio [IT]
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà

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