ICFF 2019 Review: “Io sono Mia” (2019) ★★★★

Being a part of show business, which, let’s admit it, can be toxic at times, is not easy. Handling constant pressure from the press, fans, sponsors and all other groups of people can alone drive anyone insane. While all these can be managed by a strong-willed person, it’s the superstitious society that can make things worse.

Mia Martini is one of the most expressive female voices of Italian pop music ever, however, is also labeled as someone who has ‘bad luck’. Because of the superstitious society of Italy, the woman goes through prejudices, her biggest love, the loss of voice, and gains more courage to deliver the most memorable performance at San Remo that will eventually cement her name in the history of Italian Pop culture.

The film opens with Mia Martini who is getting ready for her upcoming performance at the song festival in San Remo. Before that, a journalist named Sandra is assigned to interview Mia Martini for a famous newspaper. But her first encounter with the singer does not go as planned. In fact, Martini feels Sandra’s neglecting her and decides to interrupt the interview. However, shortly after she changes her mind and begins telling the story of her life, from the start to the moment of her biggest public appearance.

The biggest star of “I am Mia” is Serena Rossi who delivers an exceptional and truly poignant performance of the late singer who was not treated fairly in her own country despite her undeniable talent. Rossi has subtly captured the truly outstanding voice which is brought to life in the form of one of the most important biopics Italian Cinema has delivered. And for that, of course, they should be forever grateful to such a talented actress who gave us the desperately needed Mia Martini who we should never forget from now on.

Overall, directed by Riccardo Donna, “Mia Martini’ has its own faults. For instance, it never explains the beginning of the moment when society puts her into such a position, running away from her as if she was a deadly virus. We are rather left to deal with the actual situation which may work perfectly for others. Other than that, “Mia Martini” is a well-deserving tribute to the singer. The already matured society of Italy seems to have understood the fatal mistake they made with Martini and paid their respects with the biopic, which I am sure, many will appreciate.

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