LA DEUTSCHE VITA - DER FILM (2013)
a film by: Alessandro Cassigoli & Tania Masi
camera: William Chicarelli Filho
editing: Kathrin Dietzel
original music: Kapaikos & Wrong (Deacon Dunlop)
with: Massimiliano Balestri, Gino Puddu, Mauro Paglia, Luisa Bez, Giovanni Pane, Ruth Stirati, Emidio Ciabattoni, Daniela Benedetti, Marcello Dato
sound: Alberto Sanchez Nuè & Luciana Bass
original language: Italian, German, English
subtitles: German, English, Italian 2013 HD, PAL Color, 65 min
Alessandro left Italy for Berlin 6 years ago and still lives there today. An old saying professes that after 6 years in a foreign country, you finally realize what you really are: an immigrant. You suddenly feel disoriented and homesick, with a general sense of malaise and the desire to escape. That’s exactly where Alessandro is now. Struggling to know how he got there himself, Alessandro decides to hit the streets of Berlin, to find other Italians and see how they are coping.
This is the film’s journey: from Berlin – to the “little Italy” in Berlin. Along the way, we’ll loose our way, running into characters and coincidences, in a trip that is hilarious, tragic, and often seems like it’s taking the long way around.
Far from the usual social reportage with its solemn tones, in “La Deutsche Vita”, we get to peek into a very colorful Italian community, both hectic and heroic, that has survived years of cold, grey winters and watered down coffee.
In one sense, Berlin is a reliable Mamma, that can take them in and support their dreams. In another, it’s like a distant planet, full of contrasts and incongruities. This disconnect creates situations that range from twisted comedy to tragic drama.
The story of this small immigrant community is the same as others, from all corners of the world. The questions and uncertainties are the same for every individual who decides to make their life far from home. And after the big wave crashes, and the original wonder and discovery of a foreign country wash out to sea, we find Alessandro. He might be confused and still a bit lost, but he’s somehow ready to face his seventh year in Berlin.