Margaret Mazzantini: how to write success

11 May 2015

Margaret Mazzantini: how to write success

"Nessuno si salva da solo" is the movie starring Riccardo Scamarcio and Jasmine Trinca, under the direction of Sergio Castellitto, shown in italian theatres in the first part of 2015, with a great success. Based on the novel by Margaret Mazzantini, Castellitto's wife, who also signed the script, the movie tells the sotry of a divorced couple and of the suffering exposed when retracing the moments of a broken love story. With a pressing rhythm Mazzantini analyzes the pain and how hard is to face it: it becomes impossible to the spectator not to empathize with the charachters and with the dynamics of their relationship. The strenght of the storytelling is exactly there: being able to identify those elements which form a commond ground to every broken love story, what makes them all the same even when they are all unique, what makes everyone of us to identifies oneself into the story and those peculiar feelings. The credit for such a powerful narrative goes to Mazzantini's ability to recreate tensions and conflicts, barely hidden tenderness and all the different dynamics that form the delicate balance of human relationships only with dialogues.

The love between the author and the script goes long back in time. With a background as theatre acterss, Mazzantini found in writing the most perfect way to express herself. "Nessuno si salva da solo" is not the first successful novel of her that she made into a movie script. In 2004 she brought to the silverscreen, under the direction of Castellitto as well, her novel "Non ti muovere", published in 2001 for mondadori and winner of the Premio Strega. Also in this case the main theme was the investigation of the bound between love and violence, passion and destruction, a relflection between present and past and the need to find a compromise with memories and to come to terms with one's own conscience. The same path, from the book to the movie, for "Venuto al mondo", published in 2008 and winner of the Premio Campiello, and brought on the screen in 2012: an intense story, intertwined with the recent history of former Jugoslavia, in which once again the offspring are the only possible saving for parents, as if only through the narration of what has been it is possible to understand the past and gain forgiveness, or at least calm the urge to be understood.

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