The Whale is a merciless, yet compassionate, lyrical, and daring character study of Hannah, a Polish woman in her sixties, as she copes with loss and self doubt about the incarceration of her husband. As Hannah’s persistent denial reveals itself against a general truth, her reality becomes increasingly unhinged. Through the exploration of Hannah’s compromised sense of identity and self-control, the film investigates contemporary alienation – the human struggle to connect – and the boundaries between individual identity, couplehood, and society.
Julie is a witty, bold and rebel 20 years old girl who wears bright yellow rubber gloves.
Always. Since both her parents have died, she lives off her inheritance and started a passive kind of rebellion based on her self-taught philosophy: “stay still”, don’t do, be or desire anything in life. In fact, the best way to fight against a society devoted only to produce and consume is to want… nothing. Still, she runs around doing whatever she likes and when she gets into trouble, she let’s herself being taken in Dr. Hermann’s psychiatric clinic. This is where she ends up again after having burned down a car. Only that this time Dr. Hermann, the good tempered but disillusioned head of the clinic, assigns Julie to Agnes, a new nurse.
Agnes is a young nurse with no particular ambition in life apart from avoiding any troubles and smoking one good joint a day. She has an impenetrable three year old daughter and a calm husband and she struggles to be the mother everybody expects her to be. Surely, she doesn’t like any responsibilities, least of all a young and difficult patient like Julie, but as Dr. Hermann reassures her: “nobody really expects you to succeed”. Despite the potential risk of finally having to show some interest in her job, Agnes is more and more intrigued by Julie’s attitude: the young girl is proud of doing nothing in her life, calls Dr. Hermann “the best pusher I’ve ever had” and helps a Llama escaping from a zoo and brings it to a rave in the forest.
Someone says Ettore Majorana was an eccentric and a visionary, a shy person, always lost in thought, with little interest for small talk.
Some say he was a centaur, half physicist, half mathematician.
The say he suffered from an ulcer and followed a diet based almost exclusively on milk.
They say he had a subtle sense of humor and that in his own way he was very playful.
They say he cultivated the mystique of silence.
They say he was a genius, on par with Newton and Galileo, that he had what no one else had and lacked what most others have: simple common sense.
They say he was the victim of an obscure plot by those who wanted to get rid of him.
They say he had a veiled, secret voice. And that he suffered especially for lack of love…
This and much else has been said and written about Ettore Majorana, a theoretical physicist who mysteriously disappeared in March 1938, and whose scientific research, albeit limited to a decade, has left a deep mark on twentieth-century physics.
Since then, scientist and writers, real cops and amateur detectives have studied the mystery of his disappearance. With varying degrees of reliability and fancifulness they have looked for his body in waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea or found his traces in remote Italian monasteries, among the homeless of Palermo, along the avenidas of Buenos Aires. Ultimately, every effort to ascertain his fate failed. The prince of Italian physics – the Grand Inquisitor as his colleagues of Via Panisperna used to call him – made sure nobody would found him. The mystery of his fate boosted his myth, transforming him in a strange, almost alien character in the fantasy of biographers and investigators.
PARTNER MEDIA INVESTMENT
Partner Media Investment was founded in 2006 by Andrea Stucovitz, who had a long experience in the cinema industry. Since then, it has produced theatrical films and documentaries, all international coproductions:
PMI is an independent production company that mainly focuses on arthouse projects.
In production: a film by Andrea Pallaoro, a film by Andrea Segre.
In development: a film by Valerio Mieli and a film by Elisa Mishto.