“BUTTERFLIES IN BERLIN- Diary of a Soul Split in two”,
film director and creative design: Monica Manganelli
Status: pre-production. Genre: dramatic animated short
SYNOPSIS: The life of a man narrated through 4 passages that represent his physical and spiritual transformation, as 4 are the Metamorphosis of the butterfly (egg, caterpillar, pupa and adult). Film is set in Berlin during the Weimar’s Republic (1930’s), while was a hub of social and sexual freedom. Alex, a Jewish man feels like a girl trapped inside a men’s body. He meets doctor Magnus Hirschfeld and finally he finds comfort to his soul in torment. Desperately confused in consultation with dott. Hirschfeld, one of the most eminent and controversial sexologists, “he” decided to become “she”, (Alex becomes Alexandra). But Hitler’s rise is coming and nothing is like before, a current of discrimination and hatred towards the Jews and “deviant people” invaded Germany. After the surgical operations, its transformation of the body also corresponds in a new life and identity. Through his new identity Alexandra will be forced to deal with his roots and sense of responsibility to save lives.