NORMAL is an unsettling visual journey through gender norms in contemporary society. Immersed in a kaleidoscopic mosaic of visually powerful scenes, viewers experience the ritualised performance of femininity and masculinity hidden in ordinary interactions, from birth to adulthood.
Isolating the slightly grotesque, uncanny elements surrounding our everyday life, NORMAL meditates on what remains imperceptible about it – its governing norms, its inner mechanisms. The result is that what counts as ‘normal’ does not feel so reassuring, anymore.
- Clarissa Cappellani
- Francesca Zonars
- Ilaria Fraioli
- Elisa Cantelli
- Adele Tulli
- Andrea Koch
- FILM AFFAIR
- SLINGSHOT FILMS
This “unexpected atlas” of norms and stereotypes (...) is actually the portrayal of two distinct planets whose orbits never cross and whose inhabitants are probably unaware of the existence of the other.
Cleanly composed and shot, in widescreen, and expertly strung together, the scenes from daily life in NORMAL suggest that Italian society as a whole is in flux, just like the definition of what it really means to be normal.
In 2018, the filmmaker and academic completed a PhD at the University of Roehampton in London where she explored subversive film aesthetics within queer and feminist contexts. She is interested in experimental documentary practices as well as gender studies and visual anthropology. Her films 365 WITHOUT 377, about the struggles of the LGBT community in India, and REBEL MENOPAUSE, about the feminist activist Thérèse Clerc, have screened at numerous festivals and won a number of awards.