Silenzi e parole turns the spotlight on two different realities: the Cappuccine Friars' ‘Quaresima' (Lent) and the Associazione Arc's ‘Queeresima'. That is, the Christian rituals with their large and devout following, on the one hand, and the young and not so young people passionately devoted to an ideal of civilization, on the other.
"While I was shooting La Nostra Quarantena," says Peter Marcias, "I heard about the initiatives sponsored by the Associazione Arc, which has been fighting for the rights of Sardegna's LGBT community, and I was curious about the word ‘Queeresima'. It refers to a forty-day campaign on the island to raise the public's awareness of issues such as homosexuality, sexually-transmitted diseases, and homophobia, wrapping up with a candlelight march through the streets of the city."
Entirely filmed in Cagliari over a two-year period, Silenzi e parole is still in production. It's being produced by Capetown Film with the support of the Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission, and is slated for a 2017 release, distributed by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà.
The promo will be screened on September 6 at 11:30 p.m. (Sala Perla, Palazzo del Cinema), with a repeat screening on the same day at 6 p.m., at the Villa degli Autori, with director Peter Marcias on hand for the occasion.