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Discover the Emotional Depths of "Due Cicatrici" at the IQFAF




An Unforgettable Film at the International Queer Film and Art Forum


The International Queer Film and Art Forum (IQFAF) Round Two is thrilled to showcase "Due Cicatrici" ("Two Scars"), a poignant and emotionally charged film by renowned Italian director Max Chianese. This film will also be featured on the Robert Jerom Pagan Creations YouTube channel, offering audiences a deep dive into the complexities of family, identity, and acceptance. Mark your calendars for July when "Due Cicatrici" will be available for viewing.


A Glimpse into "Due Cicatrici"


A Film By: Max Chianese


Synopsis: Irene, a young TV presenter, finds herself at a pivotal moment in her life as she waits in the hospital to undergo breast augmentation surgery. As the procedure begins, she is confronted with a vision of her late mother, whose influence permeated all of Irene's significant life choices. This haunting vision brings back memories of her mother's recent death, adding to her emotional turmoil.


Post-surgery, Irene is picked up by her friend Nora and Nora's husband, Jean. They accompany her to a club where her brother, Vivian, known for his stage performances as a drag queen, is rehearsing. Irene faces the heart-wrenching task of informing Vivian about their mother's death—a mother with whom Vivian had severed all ties years earlier to live his life on his own terms.


About the Director: Max Chianese


Max Chianese is a distinguished director and author in the realms of theater and cinema. His journey began in 1999 with his company, Eleven Studio, where he engaged in video and photography projects, collaborating with esteemed organizations such as Unicredit Banca di Vienna and McKinsey & Company. In 2012, Chianese co-founded Avangard Agency, a cinema and advertising agency that has worked with major Italian production houses like Indigo and Fandango. Over the past decade, Chianese has been involved in over 60 Italian and international productions.


In 2023, Chianese became a majority partner of Marie Mariad Cinéma, an Italo-French film production company. His theatrical work includes adaptations of authors like Harold Pinter and Natalia Ginzburg, and original plays staged in various Italian theaters. Chianese has also directed four short films featured in international festivals, including the San Diego Children's Film Festival and the Miami International Film Festival. His documentary "I LOVE ACTORS" showcases his dedication to the craft, filmed with the Accademia dei Filodrammatici, Teatro Biondo di Palermo, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.


Exploring Themes of Identity and Acceptance


"Due Cicatrici" delves into the intricate dynamics of family relationships, the quest for self-acceptance, and the struggle to break free from the past. The film captures Irene's journey through physical transformation and emotional healing, highlighting the scars—both visible and invisible—that shape her identity.


Max Chianese's masterful storytelling and directorial vision bring a rich, multi-layered narrative to life. The film's exploration of queer identities, familial bonds, and personal transformation resonates deeply, making it a significant addition to the IQFAF lineup.


Join Us at IQFAF Round Two


The International Queer Film and Art Forum is a celebration of diverse voices and unique perspectives in queer cinema. "Due Cicatrici" is set to captivate audiences with its powerful narrative and evocative performances. Join us at IQFAF Round Two to experience this remarkable film and engage with the themes it explores.


Stay Connected: For more updates on IQFAF and to watch "Due Cicatrici" in July, visit the Robert Jerom Pagan Creations YouTube channel. Be part of this vibrant community and celebrate the richness of queer storytelling through cinema.

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