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Happiness, Micaela Ramazzotti: “It is very difficult to emancipate yourself from the Italian family”

Happiness, Micaela Ramazzotti: "It is very difficult to emancipate yourself from the Italian family"

Interview with Micaela Ramazzotti, who makes her directorial debut with Felicità and her actors: Max Tortora, Anna Galiena, Sergio Rubini and Matteo Olivetti. Winner of the Spectators’ Award at Venice 80.

Happiness, Micaela Ramazzotti: 'It is very difficult to emancipate yourself from the Italian family'

After many colleagues, Micaela Ramazzotti has also taken the big step: the actress is making her directorial debut with the film Happiness, in theaters from September 21st. A debut that got noticed: presented in the Orizzonti Extra section, the film won the Spectator Award at Venezia 80.

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Happiness: a sequence from the film

Also written and performed by her, Happiness is the story of Desirè Mazzoni, a hairdresser who works in the cinema. The woman has a relationship with an older man, Bruno, a professor, played by Sergio Rubini, who however treats her like a “silly girl”. She is no better with her parents, Floriana and Max (Anna Galiena e Max Tortora), who only want money from her. The only one who sincerely loves her is her younger brother Claudio (Matteo Olivetti), who however attempts suicide.

We met the director Micaela Ramazzotti and his actors right at the Lido of Venice, where they told us how in reality the one told in Happiness is a story of emancipation.

Happiness: interview with Micaela Ramazzotti and Matteo Olivetti

There’s no point in denying it: every time we see an actor try his hand at directing we are all there to judge him with double the severity. Instead, Micaela Rammazzotti’s film is much more beautiful than our prejudices. So we asked her: how do you live with prejudices? For the author: “I’m not someone who has prejudices. So if they are there for me I don’t even see them. In the case of my character I liked that he was weak, demented, that he had mental peculiarities. I liked the idea of ​​telling about emancipation: emancipation is difficult to achieve. Often it is never achieved. There are those who manage to emancipate themselves very quickly. Certainly from the family, and in particular from the Italian family, it is very complicated. Our history brings us to this. Forever. Compared to other northern European countries. I really wanted to tell the story of an Italian family and take it to the extreme. Although I believe there is even worse than the family I mentioned“.

Happiness, the review: a good directorial debut for Micaela Ramazzotti

Happiness: interview with Max Tortora, Anna Galiena, Sergio Rubini

The protagonist’s parents are terrible: the father only thinks about his career that never took off in the world of entertainment, the mother, who has never been able to do what she wanted, takes it out on her daughter. Both do not see, or pretend not to see, the terrible things that happen, and have happened, to their children. There is a lot of talk about reforming the new generations starting from the family, what do you do if families are also broken?

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Happiness: Matteo Olivetti, Anna Galiena, Micaela Ramazzotti and Max Tortora in a scene

For the actress Anna Galiena: “To me these seem to be the products of a society that has fallen apart because it only thought about consuming. A society that, by dint of consuming, is what it is. He who did not have the guides in time and only consumes, only produces other unguided and consumed beings. And so we move forward towards nothing. So an unhappy young person can only make others even more unhappy“.

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