Indivisibili vs La Pazza Gioia: The Super Bowl of Italian Movie Awards
Indivisibili (Indivisible) premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival and immediately caught everyone’s attention. Now Edoardo De Angelis and his low budget movie, filmed on location with non-professional actors in many roles (including best actress nominated Angela and Marianna Fontana) goes head to head with Paolo Virzì’s much splashier (and terrific film) La Pazza Gioia (Like Crazy).
Who will (or should) come out on top? I (literally) couldn’t say.
And I won’t be making any predictions. Both are excellent. Both directors are excellent. Each has two outstanding actresses nominated for Best Actresses awards. The difference? De Angelis has a few films under his belt and Virzì, a few dozen. The stars of La Pazza Gioia, Micaela Ramazzotti and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, are veteran actresses, two of Italy’s finest. The stars of Indivisibili are 19 year-olds that are professional singers, but had no previous acting experience.
Twins Angela and Marianna play eighteen-year-old conjoined twins Daisy and Viola who have been supporting their family ever since their Papà figured out they could sing, and he and Mamma couldn’t have been wasting the girls’ hard-earned money any more efficiently if that’s what they’d set out to do. The beautiful girls have singing voices to match, and can earn as much as 80,000€ a year performing at weddings and first holy communions; the fact that they are part pop stars and part side-show geeks make them all the more marketable.
I got the chance to sit down with the girls and De Angelis in Venice last year and Edoardo told me, “The first time I knew (that the film was going to be a success) was when the screenwriter pitched me the idea; the second was when I met the girls. They were the body and the soul of the story.”
“We identified so much with the characters,” the girls told me. “We read and read and read the script many times; actually before we even read the script we knew we wanted to make the movie.”
They say that they’ve been “living in a kind of symbiosis” their whole life, are very close to each other, and can identify with the pain of separation even though they aren’t physically connected. The story is about “amore veramente indivisibile” (truly indivisible love), they told me, and all three talked about a psychological bond that is even stronger than the physical one.
Indivisibili is nominated for:
Best Director, Edoardo De Angelis
Best Actress, Angela Fontana, Marianna Fontana
Best Supporting Actor, Massimiliano Rossi
Best Supporting Actress, Antonia Truppo
Best Screenplay, Edoardo De Angelis
Best Cinematography, Ferran Paredes
Best Musical Score, Enzo Avitabile
Best Song, ABBI PIETÀ DI NOI Best Hair Styling, Vincenzo Cormaci
Digital Effects, Makinarium
Best Production Design, Carmine Guarino
Best Costume Design, Massimo Cantini Parrini
Best Editing, Chiara Griziotti
Best Sound Editing Valentino Giannì
Best Makeup, Valentina Iannuccilli
Best Production, Attilio De Razza