Drama - Completed 2012

"This film is therapeutic" - Alejandro Jodorowsky
Ritual is a shocking story. This film seeks to explore the territory of maternity, psychomagic, madness and superstition also with particular attention to popular beliefs. Ritual is the first movie in Europe that has been shot on Red Epic 5k.

& Awards

Copenhagen CPH PIX 2014
Fantasia FF 2014
Pifan 2014
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama, First film, Thriller
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Giulia BRAZZALE, Luca IMMESI
    • Writer(s)
    • Giulia BRAZZALE, Luca IMMESI
    • Producer(s)
    • Giulia BRAZZALE (Esperimentocinema srl), Luca IMMESI (Esperimentocinema srl)
    • Synopsis
    • The fragile Lia (Désirée Giorgetti) and the sadist Viktor (Ivan Franek) have a very strong and passionate relationship but when she gets pregnant and he forces her to interrupt the pregnancy, their relationship breaks apart and Lia falls into a deep depression. After an attempted suicide she decides to leave Viktor and, in the last desperate effort to cure herself, she goes to visit her old aunt Agata (Anna Bonasso) in her creepy 18th century villa in Mason, a small village of the Veneto countryside in Italy.
      Mason is a place full of magic, popular beliefs, traditional culture, myths and legends. Lia’s aunt is familiar with all these rituals and she is the healer of the village. The old aunt had always been passionate about psychomagic* and popular medicine. Agata has learned these methods of healing from Fernando (Alejandro Jodorowsky), her dead Chilean husband. She wants to try to cure her niece with a psychomagic act. Lia, when she was a child, used to spend every summer in that place. It seems Lia feels better returning in Mason but the serenity doesn't last long: the first night at the villa she sees the Anguana (Patrizia Laquidara), a magical creature from the popular legends of Veneto. She meets also two strange children that they come often to visit her singing old popular rhymes.
      After some weeks Viktor arrives in Mason. Lia agrees he can stays there with her. Viktor is unaware of the curative methods of the aunt and, being completely skeptical, when he discovers what kind of medicine the aunt apply he considers Agata a charlatan.
      Taking advantage of Viktor’s absence due to an argument with Lia, the two women hurry to perform the rite in order to liberate the unconscious mind of Lia from her sense of guilt but Viktor comes back and tries in every way to stop the psychomagic act.
      Cast biography
      Alejandro Jodorowsky
      Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, comic book writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been "venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts" for his work which "is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation." MoMA of New York projected Alejandro Jodorowsky's 1973 cult film The Holy Mountain. He is the father of Psychomagic, the ultimate of surrealism.
      Ivan Franek
      His first major role was appearing as Tobias in the romance drama film “Brucio nel Vento” (English: Burning in the Wind) (2002), directed Silvio Soldini. He has performed in more than 50 Italian and French films.
      Désirée Giorgetti
      Désirée Giorgetti comes from a theatrical family (her father is the director of the historical Italian theatre magazine “Sipario”). She is a cinema and theatre actress and a soprano. Ritual – A psychomagic film is her third feature film.
      Moby is an American electronic musician. Worldwide, he has sold over 20 million albums. Moby wrote the soundtrack of the last film of the Oscar winner Paul Haggis with Russell Crowe “The Next Three Days”.
      Patrizia Laquidara
      Patrizia Laquidara is an Italian singer internationally famous. She won the prestigious Italian Tenco price 2012