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Corpo Celeste on DVD in September

21 June 2012

Set deep in the south of Italy, Corpo Celeste is the story of 13 year old Marta who is struggling to resettle after ten years growing up in Switzerland. Bright-eyed and restless, she observes the sights, sounds and smells of the city but feels very much an outsider.

Marta is about to undergo the rite of confirmation. In the convention of the Catholic Church she takes catechism but confronts the morality of the local Catholic community. A series of subtle moments trace her journey as she connects and conflicts with her mother, sister and the Sunday school teacher Santa. From experiencing her period to making a bold decision to cut her hair, Marta begins to shape her own life for the first time since moving back to Italy.

Corpo Celeste heralds the arrival of a young and distinctive voice. Alice Rohrwacher's writing and directing debut is a sensitive unveiling of the moral and religious layers that can smother adolescence. Awarded the Best New Director Silver Ribbon by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists, the film has certainly found favour in the critical fraternity, with Village Voice having this to say of the film: "First-time writer-director Alice Rohrwacher's minutely observed, emotionally complex Corpo Celeste would be a treat in any season, but it's particularly refreshing amid the summer-movie bombast." OK then.

Corpo Celeste will be released on UK DVD on 10th September 2012 by Artificial Eye at the RRP of £15.99.

The only listed extra feature is an interview with director Alice Rohrwacher, but if previous Artificial Eye discs are anything to go by, it'll be a substantial and worthwhile one.