Hidden Away (2020)

  • Open Roads: New Italian Cinema
  • 2h 0m
  • Italy

Elio Germano turns in a tour-de-force performance as Naïve painter Antonio Ligabue in Giorgio Diritti’s melancholic and forceful biopic. Fragments of Ligabue’s upbringing, his early dealings with mental illness, his expulsion from Switzerland and relocation to his ancestral (deeply impoverished and soon to be Fascist-controlled) Italy, his being forced into a psychiatric ward, and his eventual arrival at a measure of artistic success are presented with dimensionality and grandeur that offer a fascinating counterpoint to Ligabue’s own rawly emotional paintings. The result is an absorbingly kaleidoscopic and empathetic portrait of a tortured visionary out of joint with the unaccepting society that surrounds him.

Director

Giorgio Diritti

Language

Italian

Subtitles

English

Bonus Content

1m
Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2021 Trailer
28m
Hidden Away Q&A

A conversation with director Giorgio Diritti moderated by FLC film programmer Dan Sullivan.

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