The documentary La Deutsche Vita presents Berlin through the eyes of Alessandro Cassigoli, an italian immigrant. After seven years in the German capital Cassigoli together with Tania Masi from Florence and William Chicarelli from Brazil starts documenting the Italian community in Berlin. In “one of the hardest winters Berlin has ever experienced” the Italians suffer from the cold, the snow and the bad coffee. Moreover, the protagonist Max, who is an actor, is repeatedly stumbling over his Russian appearance in castings. The film playfully works with prejudices and cliches, revealing the absurdity of “authentic” illusion.
Tania Masi studied Urban Sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin and Film Production and Screenplay at the International School of Film at New York University. Since 2006 she has been a freelance journalist based in Berlin for RAI TV, Globo News, newspapers and online magazines. At the same time she cultivates her passion for cinema, working as International Sales Assistant at festivals such as Cannes, Venice and Berlin for the sales company Studio City Pictures. La Deutsche Vita is her first feature documentary.
Alessandro Cassigoli was born in 1976 in Italy. He attended film school in Rome and worked as an assistant director for numerous film productions and popular TV series.