L’IGUANA

Based on the novel, “The Iguana”, by Anna Maria Ortese, the film tells of the adventures of Aleardo, a rich, dreamy, Italian architect who, while travelling for pleasure and work on board a sailboat, lands on the remote island of Ocana. Here three impoverished Portuguese aristocrats are living in…

 L’IGUANA

regia/director catherine mcgilvray
soggetto/subject
cesare landricina dal romanzo di anna maria ortese / from the novel by anna maria ortese
sceneggiatura /screenplay
cesare landricina
fotografia/cinematographer
massimo zeri
montaggio/editino
nicole serés, giovanni ballantini
scene / scene design
marianna sciveres
costumi / costume design
ilaria albanese
musica / music
roberto caravella
suono / sound
francois waledisch
cast/cast
andrea renzi, amandio pinheiro, claudia teixeira, tommaso ragno, rosario minardo, franz cantalupo, marco basile
formato originale/original format
35 mm – color
durata/running time
98’
paese di produzione/country of production
italia / italy
produzione/production
media land s.r.l.
distribuzione/distribution
revolver

BIOGRAPHY

Catherine McGilvray was born in Rome in 1965 of an Australian father and French mother. She received a degree in History of the Theatre at the Sapienza University in Rome. She later obtained a diploma in Directing from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and did further study in film and television writing at the A.F.T.R.S. in Sydney, Australia. She worked for several years with the Barberio Corsetti theatrical company before becoming a translator of literary works. She is the author and hostess of feature shows for Rai Radio3.

FILMOGRAPHY

2004 L’iguana (lungometraggio, feature) 2003 Aspettando il treno (corto, short) 2001 Il treno per l’opera (documentario, documentary) 2000 Renata Scotto: L’Île Opéra (documentario, documentary) 1995 Parigi Cambia (corto, short) 1994 Templum Gentis Flaviae (documentario, documentary) 1993 Descrizione di una battaglia (documentario, documentary); Il cavaliere e la morte (corto, short) 1991 Voci di Pietra (corto, short); L’Ospite (corto, short); La strada dei mobili stanchi (documentario, documentary)

SYNOPSIS

Based on the novel, “The Iguana”, by Anna Maria Ortese, the film tells of the adventures of Aleardo, a rich, dreamy, Italian architect who, while travelling for pleasure and work on board a sailboat, lands on the remote island of Ocana. Here three impoverished Portuguese aristocrats are living in dire poverty, cut off from the world and thrown back to the 19th century. There is the melancholic and tormented Ilario and his sinister half-brothers, Hipolito and Felipe, together with a female servant they treat like an animal and mysteriously call “Iguana”. Fascinated by the extravagance of his hosts and troubled by the suffering and charm of the young Iguana, Aleardo stays on the island for one night and one day, during which he is slowly drawn into an intrigue with disturbing implications. Is Iguana really the latest transformation of the devil (as the inhabitants of the island believe) or is she merely a victim, an innocent creature to be saved and protected at any cost? Aleardo’s journey becomes a hallucinating descent into hell.

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