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Thirsting for freedom "I just wanted to be left alone and play." Film screening



Thirsting for freedom

Shardana USA, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, proudly presents


Assetata di libertà. “Io volevo essere lasciata in pace e giocare”

Thirsting for freedom "I just wanted to be left alone and play."

the biography film on Maria Lai written and directed by Stefano Scialotti

US premiere


A Dinamolab 2021 production

In collaboration with:

In Italiano, Bilinguismo a New York

Regione Sradegna, Assessorato al Lavoro

Istituto Fernando Santi

with the support of

Sardegna Film Commission

Fondazione Museo Stazione dell’Arte di Ulassai

Museo dell’Olio della Sabina

directed by Stefano Scialotti

Artistic and historical consulting Marisa Dalai Emiliani


The starting point of the film were a number of interviews with Maria Lai, shot in the years 2004-2005. Often indulging to an intimate mood, the artist tells the story of her life, from her first attempts to make art to her latest evolution, when she came up with the idea of her famous "cards" to explain everybody what art is. The film unravels as a biography. The intensity and depth of her stories led us to the idea of a structure where some essential keywords title a series of short narrations of about 2-3 minutes each: Silence, The Greatest Proof of Love, Thirsting for Freedom, A Male Hand, Cocktails, A Life Choice, Being an Artist, The Oil Museum, etc.

Filming locations and shooting

Sardegna- In particular the Museo Stazione dell’Arte di Ulassai and sites of public art in the village.

Venice- Biennale Arti Visive 2017 - A Retrospective of Maria Lai’s works

Florence- A Maria Lai Exhibition in Palazzo Pitti - The Thread and the Infinity

Rome- A Maria Lai Exhibition at the MAXXI

Castelnuovo di Farfa- The installations in the Museo dell’Olio della Sabina; Studio Stefania Miscetti

Film length 55 min.

marialai invito def


Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC-NY

In collaboration with : Shardana USA

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - NY