October 23, 2015
“I am a soloist!” Vivi Ferrari indignantly exclaims when she is asked to sing in the amateur choir at her senior citizens’ residence in Ticino, Switzerland. The aged diva would never have given up her apartment and her theatre in Milan by choice. However, her daughter Alexa (Lucia Mascino) forced the issue when she learned of her mother’s serious illness, a long-kept secret. Everything that mattered in Vivi’s life has been taken from her: the stage and singing. But she has no choice and must accept her fate—for the time being.
Vecchi Pazzi, recently acclaimed at the 68th Festival del film Locarno, tackles the sensitive theme of aging in a light, but not silly way through the exuberant character of Vivi Ferrari (Andrea Jonasson), a soloist forced to give up with her professional singing career and move to a senior citizens’ home, where Vivi will reinvent herself and her career, create new friendships, and even find love.
It is a story that will make you laugh, move . . . and sing!
The screening was preceded by a light reception sponsored by the Embassy of Switzerland.
The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Washington, DC is an office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation dedicated to the promotion of the Italian culture in the United States.
The main activities of the IIC include the organization and support of exhibitions and festivals, in collaboration with major local institutions, the development of academic exchanges, the incentives to publishing Italian books and the promotion of the Italian language.
As the official representation of Switzerland in the United States, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic, financial and legal affairs, as well as science, education and culture. To receive regular information about Swiss events in the Washington, D.C. area, subscribe to their monthly Events Calendar by clicking here.