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Normal

Adele Tulli

Italy, Sweden201967 MinItalian

Subtitles: FR, EN, ES, DE, HU, PL, PT, RO, UA

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Taking a panoramic view of the beautiful country, spanning from Milan to Rome, as well as from childhood to adulthood, NORMAL captures the absolute absurdity of gender norms with precise, thrilling clarity.

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NORMAL is an unsettling visual journey through gender norms in contemporary society. Immersed in a kaleidoscopic mosaic of visually powerful scenes, viewers experience the ritualised performance of femininity and masculinity hidden in ordinary interactions, from birth to adulthood.

Isolating the slightly grotesque, uncanny elements surrounding our everyday life, NORMAL meditates on what remains imperceptible about it – its governing norms, its inner mechanisms. The result is that what counts as ‘normal’ does not feel so reassuring, anymore.

  • Berlinale
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  • Production:  FilmAffair
  • International Sales:  Slingshot Films

A fascinating and visually spectacular documentary that shows the normalisation of practices which characterises today’s understanding of gender identity in Italian society.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -

Adele Tulli

Graduated in Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths University in 2013, Adele Tulli today works as a documentary filmmaker, and film curator/programmer/lecturer. She has directed award-winning films such as 365 WITHOUT 377, about the decriminalization of homosexuality in India, and REBEL MENOPAUSE, the intimate portrait of militant feminist Thérèse Clerc, and her inspiring ideas on ageing as a ‘time of complete freedom’. Both films have been broadcasted internationally and have been screened at numerous international festivals (Sheffield Doc/Fest, Watch Docs, Guadalajara International FF, Flare BFI/London, Frameline/San Francisco, NewFest/NY, Mix Brasil, Films de Femmes/Creteil, Fringe Film&ArtsFest/ London, and many more). They won several awards. She has just completed a practice-based PhD at Roeahmpton University, exploring subversive representational strategies and aesthetics in film, particularly within queer and feminist contexts.

I consider documentary to be a “performative act” between images and the reality that they are supposed to represent.

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