“BUTTERFLIES IN BERLIN- Diary of a Soul Split in two”,
written, directed and designed by Monica Manganelli
Status: completed, distribution in 2019. A LATTEPLUS BERLIN FILM PRODUCTION & ALEXANDRA CINEMATOGRAFICA SRL with the support of German Federal Ministry of culture and media, EMILIA ROMAGNA Film Commission and MIBACT-Italian Ministry of culture and cinema.
Genre: dramatic animated film (29′ minutes)
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 Republic of Weimar (1930’s) and deals with the theme of the gender identity, Holocaust/Homocaust. Alex arrives in Berlin in 1933 in order to find his place in the world and to understand his sexual identity. He meets Dr. Magnus Mirschfeld and he thinks that finally his soul can find comfort. Alex will be one of the first post-op transgender in History, unfortunately during the Nazi Regime’s rise. 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, her transformation of the body also corresponds in a new life and identity. Through her new identity Alexandra will be forced to deal with her roots and sense of responsibility to save lives.