Cinema is capable of making us feel deeply emotionally engaged: we identify with the characters, live their same emotions and feel their same feelings. Body and mind are in a state of excitement and, as the film keeps engaging us more and more, we forget about ourselves in the process of empathic identification. This means a better understanding of our inner emotional geography and of our feelings, that is a fundamental element to understand who we are and to live life in a harmonious connection between mind and body.
In the first part of the lesson, film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh will be anticipated by an introduction where analysis of emotional aspects identifying the characters, with particular reference to anger, will be accompanied by a reflection conducted through the Spinoza's philosophical perspective, who anticipated some of the most important current neuroscientific discoveries.
After the screening of Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, a meeting with neurologist and neuroscience expert Enrico Ghidoni will be held, focusing on empathy and aesthetic experience with a neuroscientific point of view.
Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri by Martin McDonagh (USA, 2017 - Crime drama, 115')
Awards: Oscar 2018 - Best Actress Frances McDormand - Best supporting actor Sam Rockwell, Golden Globe 2018 - Best Drama - Best Actress in a drama Frances McDormand, British Academy Film Awards - Best Film - Best original screenplay Martin McDonagh
After many months the murder of her daughter is still unresolved, so Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) decides to shake the authorities, she commissions three billboards at the gates of her city – each one of them shout a clear and provocative message – directed to William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) the esteemed chief of the local police. When the second officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature and violent boy, is also involved, the battle between Mildred and the police of Ebbing is open.
The film triumphed at the 75° Golden Globe edition, winning four awards: Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Frances McDormand), Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Woody Harrelson) and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture.
Martin McDonagh (1970) is a playwright, screenwriter and British director of Irish descent. Born in a London district, however, he’s always linked to his homeland, so much that he often uses it as a backdrop for his plays. He won three Lawrence Olivier Awards, a Drama Desk Award, for his theatrical works. In cinematography he won an Oscar in 2006 for the short film Six Shooter and a BAFTA in 2008 for In Bruges. His latest film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) triumphed at the Golden Globes, with four awards and at the Oscars 2018 it has won two statuettes for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Rockwell).
Enrico Ghidoni, a neurologist, has worked extensively at the Neurology Unit of Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Reggio Emilia, where he was responsible for Simple Structure of Clinical Neuropsychology, Cognitive Disorders and Adult Dyslexia. He was also Professor of Neuroscience at degree courses in Logotherapy, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. He has been clinical manager of the Experimental Intercompany Center for Cognitive Disorders of Reggio Emilia since 2000, and has carried out neuropsychological consultancy for Neuro-rehabilitation department of USL Company of Reggio Emilia since 1996. Founding member of Italian Dyslexia Association, he held the position of President of the association from 2001 to 2005, of Vice-President from 2007 to 2009, and was a member of Social Issues Committee from 2009 to 2012. Currently he is a member of Board of Directors of Italian Dyslexia Foundation.
He is the author of numerous studies on neuropsychological problems (Alzheimer's disease, memory disorders), dyslexia and specific learning disorders, and is among first dyslexic scholars in young adults. In collaboration with other scholars, he published Dyslexia in adolescents and adults (2010), Dyslexic fatigue in reading: a pilot study (2011), Dyslexia in adults: a review of knowledge (2011). He has also edited numerous books on the topic of dyslexia in adults, including Dyslexia and university (2010), Dyslexia in young adults. Compensatory tools and strategies for success (2011), Dyslexia in adulthood. Paths and experiences between universities and the world of work (2012), Discalculia in young adults (2013), Dyslexia and language learning (2014), Young adults with DSA (2015), Genetics and Environment in Dyslexia (2016).
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