Swing Ride
Benedetta, 15, lives in rural Italy with her parents and her two little sisters. After work, her father enjoys tinkering with cars while her mother takes out her frustration on Benedetta. When a funfair sets up on the family’s doorstep, she meets a fairground worker named Amanda who lives a self-determined life and defies gender norms. Benedetta is immediately fascinated by the older Amanda’s self-confidence and independence, and school quickly fades into the background. The two barely talk; their cautious friendship is not one fuelled by grand emotions but rather by genial affection, curiosity and unspoken acknowledgement.
Chiara Bellosi depicts them growing closer in quiet moments and precise observations that lend this coming-of-age film both its poetry and a pervasive sense of lightness. Calcinculo takes a tender look at an unusual friendship whilst unfolding a tale of self-discovery and breaking free.
by Chiara Bellosi
with Gaia Di Pietro, Andrea Carpenzano, Barbara Chichiarelli, Giandomenico Cupaiuolo, Francesca Antonelli, Alessio Praticò, Claudia Salerno
Italy / Switzerland 2022 Italian 90’ Colour World premiere


  • Gaia Di Pietro (Benedetta)
  • Andrea Carpenzano (Amanda)
  • Barbara Chichiarelli (Anna)
  • Giandomenico Cupaiuolo (Marco)
  • Francesca Antonelli (Silvana)
  • Alessio Praticò (Mario)
  • Claudia Salerno (Claudia)


DirectorChiara Bellosi
ScreenplayMaria Teresa Venditti, Luca De Bei
CinematographyClaudio Cofrancesco
EditingCarlotta Cristiani
MusicGiuseppe Tranquillino Minerva, Fabrizio Campanelli
Sound DesignDaniela Bassani, Maxence Ciekawy
SoundXavier Lavorel
Production DesignLuca Servino
CostumesLaura Locher
Make-UpAssunta Ranieri
CastingChiara Polizzi
Assistant DirectorNicola Scorza
Production ManagerGiorgio Gasparini
ProducersCarlo Cresto-Dina, Valeria Jamonte, Manuela Melissano
Co-ProducerKatrin Renz
Co-Productiontellfilm, Zürich

Chiara Bellosi

Born in Como, Italy in 1973, she graduated with a diploma in dramaturgy from the Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi in Milan and then took a master’s in documentary at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Venice. She made a short film as part of the multi-director documentary Checosamanca as well as being involved in the creation of several other documentaries. Her debut feature film, Palazzo di Giustizia (Ordinary Justice) screened in the 2020 Berlinale Generation section.

Filmography (selection)

2006 I cani di Catania; episode of the collective film “Checosamanca” 2020 Palazzo di Giustizia (Ordinary Justice) 2022 Calcinculo (Swing Ride)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022