Youtopia + Q&A with Director Berardo Carboni

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

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18-year-old Matilde lives a bleak life with her mother, Laura, making money through video chat stripshows.

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Directed by Berardo Carboni

Narrative Film/ Italy/ 92 mins

Strand: VIVA VOCE: Stories of Women

UK Premiere

Screening: Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:15 | Thurs, 26 Sep 13:00

Review:

Technology in cinema has always been something of a prickly subject. It is often presented as an apocalyptic, derisive, and villainous plague on youth - if not the entire world, as far as James Cameron is concerned. Director Berardo Carboni does not take this approach, which is made clear from the film's opening. Amongst the various taboos that are broken throughout the film, the first is relatively innocuous: a girl called Matilde is shown playing video games, an image that is still bizarrely rare in mainstream cinema. Building on from this, the video game isn’t presented as evil or corrupting, but rather something that engenders connection and friendship.

This technology, permitting a level of freedom for the relatively impoverished, is a saving grace in YOUTOPIA's gritty world of cruelty and destitution. Matilde's online sanctuary is juxtaposed against the cruelty she experiences in real life - while people she meets in this virtual world are thoughtful and kind, those in real life are brusque, or much worse. Carboni is not reluctant to explore the extremes of his given scenario, and closely interrogates the sexual politics that affect women living in poverty. But he does not lose himself in Manichean moralising; as ever, it is in the shades of grey that nuance is found and it is on this liminal ground that Matilde must tread. Reviewed by Milo Garner

Credits:

Director: Berardo Carboni

Writer: Berardo Carboni

Producer: Martha Cappello

Executive Producer: Berardo Carboni

Cast: Matilda De Angelis, Donatella Finocchiaro, Alessandro Haber

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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