Screenings

‘Like The Wind’ chronicles the sorrowful life of Armida Miserere – one of Italy’s first female prison governors.

‘Like the Wind’ is the creation of Marco Simone Puccioni, who has directed and co-written this biopic with award-winning screenwriter Heidrun Schleef and playwright Nicola Lusuardi. Together, this talented trio have created a tragedy of immense proportions as the film chronicles the sorrowful life of Armida Miserere – one of Italy’s first female prison governors.
Despite the tormenting death threats, the murder of her supportive fiancé by Mafia members and a traumatic miscarriage, Armida is a stubborn and enduring professional. She lives for her work, refusing to succumb to the brutality of life so long as her fiancé’s murder is left unexplained. At the same time she yearns for release, but cannot rest until her work is done.
Actress Valeria Golino carries this film in her depiction of Armida. Her performance of this stoically brave yet fragile woman is masterfully executed and ensures that we invest in the story and its digressions. Composer Shigeru Umebayashi (‘House of Flying Daggers’) plummets us further into the darkness of the Armida’s life with his lamenting scores, which are accompanied by ominous images of cold, rugged landscapes and the oppressive corridors of Italy’s prisons.

Xanthe Patterson

Country
Italy/France
Runtime
110
Director(s)
Marco S. Puccioni
Writer(s)
Heidrun SchLleef
Marco Simon Puccioni
Nicola Lusuardi
Producer(s)
Giampietro Preziosa
Marco S. Puccioni
DOP
Gherardo Gossi
Cast
Valeria Golino
Filippo Timi
Francesco Scianna
Original Format
Digital