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Miss Agata By Anna Elena Pepe Wins The Starlight International Cinema Award In Venice
The short written, co-directed and starring Anna Elena Pepe, was shown on September 5 at the at the 80th annual Venice Film Festival.
By: Matts Marketing
Miss Agata is a comedy drama that tells the story of Agata (Anna Elena Pepe), a woman of who appears a little clumsy and funny but who is hiding the fact that she has PTSD from a past abusive relationship. Alex (Andrea Bosca), the violent ex-boyfriend, continues to torment her, forcing her to change cities to escape him. In her new location, Agata meets Nabil (Yahya Ceesay), a Gambian asylum seeker, a possible prince charming that she is not ready to see in the right light.
Using the narrative and stylistic devices typical of English black humor, the filmmaker tackles the difficult and increasingly topical issue of violence against women, but addressing it from a singular point of view. Miss Agata is the story of an "imperfect victim" who is no longer able to see reality and act lucidly. The film also deals with the current topics of immigration and racism, which it handles with humor and compassion.
Ms. Pepe says she is ,"Overjoyed about this award and (she) wants to thank the Starlight Award jury for understanding my film in depth." "overjoyed about this award and I want to thank the Starlight Award jury for understanding my film in depth She goes on to say she was surprised about the effect the film has had on others: "During the festival journey of this film I was approached by many women (unfortunately victims of abuse), who told me that they saw each other again in Agata, that they laughed and cried with her, but above all that they felt understood. And this was the greatest achievement for me.."
Miss Agata stars Pepe as Agata with Andrea Bosca, Chiara Sani and Yahya Ceesay rounding out the cast. the film was co directed by Sebastian Maulucci, written by Pepe with Nicola Salerno and produced by Ladybug Crossmedia (Italy) and Tabit Films (England) in an Italian-English co-production.
For more information see https://missagata.com/