A breath of life

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A breath of life (C’è un soffio di vita soltanto)

A breath of life (C’è un soffio di vita soltanto)

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C’è un soffio di vita soltanto


Lucy Salani, Porpora Marcasciano, Simone Cangelosi, Ambra Guarnieri, Louise Lisette Ngo Nyoung, Said Halssoussi, Maria Pelizzari


Italy / Germany



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Lucy is a 95 years old granny. Despite her age, she is still lucid, sassy and always with a ready come back. She recounts her life with an irresistible accent, a mix of Piedmontese and Bolognese. Yellowed photos in her house give a glimpse on a young boy’s life, whose name was Luciano and who was going to go through the worst period of his life.
Lucy is the oldest transsexual women in life in Italy, among the few who survived the Dachau concentration camp.
Her life offers the opportunity to reflect on a series of ongoing debates, some of which are particularly vibrant such as that on gender identity. The film will retrace the phases of Lucy’s life: from an abused child to a homosexual boy and a transvestite, from a rudimentary hormone therapy to gender reassignment surgery. Lucy’s story represents the history of 1900s. Her stormy life events are a metaphor for a humanity that does not give up and treasures memory as the most important gift in history and an invaluable starting point.