Italian Contemporary Film Festival: CINDERELLA THE CAT (Gatta Cenerentola) (Italy 2017) ***

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Cenerentola struggles to escape the shadow and evil schemes of her stepmother and six stepsisters who all live aboard the Megaride, a ship stuck in the port of a decaying future Naples.


Gatta Cenerentola is a 2017 Italian partly musical animated film directed by Alessandro Rak (who previously directed The Art of Happiness) and 3 others loosely based on the Giambattista Basile’s fable of the same name and Roberto De Simone’s musical La Gatta Cenerentola. 

 It is yet another musical based in Napoli dealing with the Camorra (the other being LOVE AND BULLETS screened at the ICFF).  The plot is set in a decaying future Naples and concerns a mysterious mute teenager called Mia who struggles to escape from her vicious stepmother Angelica.  Mia’s scientist father loves and marries Angelica who wants money and fame.  Angelica is secretly in love with Camorra crime boss Salvatore Lo Giusto who murders Mia’s father.  Mia is treated badly by Angelia and her 5 daughters and campy cross-dressing gay son. 

 The story resembles the Cinderella fairy tale from the wicked stepmother, ugly stepsisters, glass slipper and Mia’s Prince Charming who eventually saves her.  Despite being a fairy tale, the film contains dialogue with lots of swearing, nudity, fondling of breasts and violence. 

 It is hard to tell what the target audience the film is aimed at.  The animation looks charming and colourful enough like a fairy tale.  Still, CINDERELLA THE CAT is quite an original and entertaining film.


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