A Breath Of Life

Dec 7, 2022 | 7.00 pm

A Breath Of Life, film still, 2021 | © Tama Filmproduktion

D, IT 2021 | OmeU

The documentary film A Breath Of Life by Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini tells the unique story of Lucy, the oldest trans woman in Italy and survivor of the Dachau concentration camp.

Lucy is a 95 years old lady. Despite her age, she is still lucid and sassy. 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.

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 retraces phases of Lucy’s life: from an abused child to a homosexual boy, from a rudimentary hormone therapy to a gender-affirming surgery. Lucy’s story represents the history of the twentieth century. 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.

After the screening Matteo Botrugno and Daniele Coluccini will talk to Julia Weigl (Filmfest Munich).