Filmed from 30th june and the first of august 2008, for a total of 25 days of shooting.
First broadcasted: Canale 5 ,winter 2008
Once again an hospital fiction!…When they asked me to shoot “Dottor Clown”, my first thaught was, i admit, to run away.
Then a distand memory stopped me. Hadn’t i got a degree in architecture with a thesis about Futurism and the ‘900 artistic vanguards?…Hadn’t i choosed that thesis after reading “CONTRODOLORE”, futurist manifesto by Aldo Palazzeschi?…A writing that, way before “Patch Adams”, had theorized about to bring clowns in the hospital ward.
Surely a provocation, but also a desperate attempt to let a sick person to live outside his illness, fromthe aseptic logic of the medical bulletins, the right to be considered a person instead of a medical record.
A manifesto against the false piety, the rhetoric of sadness, the banality of useless tears.
I stopped, turned back… I’m sure: it’s not enough to cure diseases, you also need to cure the patients.