“BUTTERFLIES IN BERLIN- Diary of a Soul Split in two”, written, directed and designed by Monica Manganelli.
Genre: historical dramatic docu-animated film (30′ minutes).
Status: completed (2019), in distribution. Italy-Germany coproduction: A LATTEPLUS BERLIN FILM PRODUCTION + ALEXANDRA CINEMATOGRAFICA SRL, in collaboration with RAI CINEMA, with the support of BKM/German Federal Ministry of Culture and Media, EMILIA ROMAGNA Film Commission and MIBACT-Italian Ministry of Culture and Cinema.
Techniques: mix of 2D animation, motion graphics 3D, cut out computer animation, old photos, collage/pastiche, mattepaint-concept art. Each shot is conceived as a painting, as an hommage and citation of some artists/painters.
Synopsis: Alex moves to Berlin in 1933, during the Weimar Republic period. Looking for his place in the world and his sexual identity, he becomes the first out-of-surgery transsexual in History. That happens unfortunately during the National-Socialism rise, a social disruption that turned the capital of sexual freedom in the most repressed country of all times.
“ Butterflies in Berlin , un’Anima divisa in due , applauso lunghissimo in sala e in giro per il
mondo. Coltissima e sensibile partitura visivo-musicale che scava nel buio rimosso
dell’Omocausto e del paragrafo 175…”– IL MANIFESTO
“Un lavoro tanto bello esteticamente, quanto necessario per il suo approccio schietto, veritiero ed empatico ai tragici fatti accennati poc’anzi. Il pubblico del Nuovo Cinema Aquila è rimasto rapito dallo struggente lirismo di Butterflies in Berlin…” TAXIDRIVERS
Film Festivals-Screenings and Awards:
–NEW YORK Jewish Film Festival / Film Society-Lincoln Center, 2020
–LOVERS Film FESTIVAL-Museo del Cinema Torino, 2019
–TLVFest- Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, Cinemateque Tel Aviv, 2019, WINNER: Honorable Mention.
–JFBB/Jewish Film Festival Berlin Brandeburg, 2019
–SEDICI CORTO Int. Film Festival, Forlì-Italy, 2019, WINNER: Special Mention-Jury Prize
-FLORENCE Queer Int. Film Festival, 2019
–SZCZECIN Documentary Film Festival, Category: Best european documentary, 2019
–DOKUBAKU International Documentary Film Festival, 2019
-SAN DIEGO Italian Film Festival– Italy Exported/Shorts in Competition 2019
-WEITERSTADT Queer FilmFest, 2019, WINNER: BEST MITTELLANGE Film
-BEIJING Queer International FilmFest, 2019
-ST. LOUIS International Film Festival 2019, Oscar® qualifying film festival//documentary short subject
–RIFF / Rome Independent Film Festival, 2019, WINNER: Special Mention/ Animation Section.
-MOVIEVALLEY Bazzacinema FilmFest, Bologna 2019
–ANIMASIVO-Festival de Animación Contemporánea de la Ciudad de México, 2019
–FANCINE GAY-Festival de Cine LGBT de Extremadura, 2019
–VIDEOETNOGRÁFICA/ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL,Museo Etnográfico de Castilla 2019
–KOLKATA International Film Fest, 2019
–SHORT FILM AWARDS-Newark, 2019,WINNER: Best Short Documentary, Best writing in a Documentary Short (Monica Manganelli)
–IFFC/CARDIFF Italian Film festival, 2019
-LOBO FEST- Festival Internacional de Filmes, Brasilia, 2019, WINNER: Best International Film
-MERLINKA International queer film festival, Belgrade 2019, WINNER: Animated Film
-STORIA IN CORTO/ Film festival, Mentana 2019. WINNER: Best Short Film
-LJUBLJANA LGBT Film Festival-Slovenian Cinema Center, 2019
-ACCORDI@DISACCORDI-Napoli/Palazzo delle Arti, 2019. WINNER: Best Documentary
-ATLANTIDOC / Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Uruguay, 2019
-ANTAKYA International film festival, Turkey 2019
Honorable Mention from TLVFEST- Jury statement: “Through beautiful, amazingly made Art Deco image, this film outlines an important period in the history of the LGBTQ community, while the main character crossing the boundaries of gender, prohibitions and existence. We’re happy to give the award to the film “Butterflies in Berlin – Diary of a Soul Split in two” by Monica Manganelli.
Jury Prize_Special Mention from SediciCorto-Jury Statement: “For the great sensitivity and balance with which Monica Manganelli treated the difficult themes dealt with in Butterflies in Berlin. Different animation techniques (2d, motion graphic along with inserts from real images) at the service of a story for too long hidden. The city of Berlin of the 1930s, in which the story of Alex is set, lives again in the powerful images to which Manganelli accompanies a careful historical and musical research. “