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in-person > Zen in the Ice Rift (Zen sul ghiaccio sottile) by Margherita Ferri @ MLK Memorial Library



The Italian Cultural Institute of Washington presents “Zen in the Ice Rift”, as part of Pride 2022, on the occasion of the annual Film Festival “Fare Cinema”.

Maia, called Zen, a rowdy yet solitary 16-year-old tomboy, lives in a small village on top of the rough and beautiful Italian Apennines. She’s the only girl of the local ice hockey-team and she is constantly bullied by her teammates for her masculine attitude.

When Vanessa – the beautiful and bewildered girlfriend of the team captain – runs away from home and hides in Maia’s family lodge, Maia feels free to trust someone for the first time. Led by the need to break away from the roles that the small community has forced them to play, Maia and Vanessa embark on a journey of self-discovery: an exploration of their gender identity and sexuality, liquid and restless like the troubled time of youth.

The film, winner of Nastro d’Argento for Best New Director, will be followed by a panel discussion with director Margherita Ferri and Alec von Bargen of Biennale College.

Director: Margherita Ferri
Italy, 2018, 87 minutes

Film in Italian with English subtitles


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001




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  • Organizzato da: IIC Washington