“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.
Film Festivals-Screenings and Awards:
–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 documnenary, 2019
–DOKUBAKU International Documentary Film Festival, 2019
-SAN DIEGO Italian Film Festival– Italy Exported/Shorts in Competition 2019
-WEITERSTADT Queer FilmFest, 2019
-BEIJING Queer International FilmFest, 2019
-ST. LOUIS International Film Festival 2019, Oscar® qualifying film festival//documentary short subject
–RIFF-Rome Independent Film Festival, 2019
-MOVIEVALLEY Bazzacinema FilmFest, Bologna 2019
-SHORT FILM AWARD, U.S.A., New Jersey, 16th novembre 2019, Nominations for: Best Documentary Short, Best writing in a documentry short, Best Editing in a documentary short, Best Outstanding Styling in a short film.
–ANIMASIVO-Festival de Animación Contemporánea de la Ciudad de México, 2019
–FANCINE GAY-Festival de Cine LGBT de Extremadura, 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. “