Above: Movie poster for the film, "Rosso come il cielo"
Now in its sixth year at MOPA, the San Diego Italian Film Festival has grown into an amazing conduit to enjoy Italian culture. From October 26th through November 11th, the festival features 17 spectacular movies that evoke laughter, tears, and passion.
This marvelous film is inspired by the true story of Mirco Mencacci, one of the most gifted Italian sound editors working today, who happens to be blind. Born in a small village is Tuscany, in 1971, Mirco is a bright lively 10 year old, crazy about the movies-especially Westerns and adventure films. His father, an incurable idealist , is a truck driver. One day, while Mirco is playing with an old riffle, the gun accidentally goes off leaving him blind.
At the time, Italian law considered blind people hopelessly handicapped and did not permit them to attend public school. Hence, young Mirco's parents are forced to shut their son up in a special school for the blind. In the beginning Mirco doesn't accept his new condition but he is feisty and determined. When he finds an old tape recorder and a few unused reels and discovers that by cutting and splicing tape he can create little fairy tales made only of sounds, a brand new world opens up to him and to his schoolmates. The big issue of friendship, bullying, disability and creativity are touched on in this unusual tale that will lift your heart and inspire you.
Please Note: $5 suggested donation
Location: Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA Google Map