Happy to Be Different

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    Happy to Be Different

    Felice chi è diverso

    Directed by

    Italy

    2014

    97 min

    • Italian

    Documentary

    The film takes us on a voyage to a hidden Italy rarely addressed on film: gay Italy as it was lived in the 20th century, from the turn of the century up to the 80s. The documentary gives voice to those who personally had to bear the weight of being “different”, remembering how their lives were shaped by this situation during Fascism and in the aftermath of World War II, in an anthropologically and culturally widely diverse nation. Theirs is a mixed testimony of repression, censorship, dignity, courage, and happiness, making way for the final image of a world – our world – that still has a long way to go towards respect and liberty for everyone.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Giorgio Bongiovanni
    Nicola Calì
    Francesco Cocola
    Pieralberto Marchesini
    Roberto Pagliero
    Claudio Mori
    Alba Montori
    Aldo Sebastiani
    Corrado Levi
    Ciro Cascina
    Agostino Raff
    Ninetto Davoli
    John Francis Lane
    Fernando Nigiro
    Mosè Bottazzi
    Paolo Poli
    Lucy Salani
    Roberto David
    Glauco Bettera
    Screenplay
    Gianni Amelio
    Cinematography
    Luan Amelio
    Editing
    Cecilia Pagliarani
    Production
    ISTITUTO LUCE
    Production
    RAI CINEMA
    Sales
    RAI COM
    Gianni Amelio

    Gianni Amelio

    Italy

    Born in San Pietro di Magasino in Italy in 1945, he studied philosophy and began making TV films, documentaries and feature films in the 1970s. His international breakthrough came in the 1990s with PORTE APERTE (1990) winning the Italian film prize and a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. IL LADRO DI BAMBINI (1992) and LAMERICA (1994) won Best Film at the Italian film awards, COSÌ RIDEVANO (1998) a Golden Lion at Venice. LE CHIAVI DI CASA (2004), LA STELLA CHE NON C’È (2006) and L’INTREPIDO (2013) all screened at Venice. LE PREMIER HOMME won the FIPRESCI film critics award in 2011. The documentary HAPPY TO BE DIFFERENT world premiered at Berlinale Panorama in 2014.

    Selected Filmography