Corpo celeste

Corpo celeste

a film by Alice Rohrwacher
Italy/France/Switzerland 2011, 35mm, 90′, o.v. Italian

Festivals & Prizes

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2011
2 Nominations at David of Donatello, 2012
Ingmar Bergman International debut Award, Göteborg 2012
Nastro d’Argento 2012 – Best first feature film Award
Ciak d’Oro – Best first feature film Award, 2012
Suso Cecchi D’Amico Award for the best screenplay, 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.


Yle Vianello, Salvatore Cantalupo, Pasqualina Scuncia, Anita Caprioli, Renato Carpentieri
Alice Rohrwacher
Tempesta, Amka Films Productions SA, RSI - Swiss Television, and JBA Production with RAI Cinema

Arte France Cinéma

With the support of:
Arte France, Bologna Film Archive, Calabria Film Commission - Calabria Region
Swiss distribution:
Filmcoopi Zürich
international sales:
RAI Trade