In her latest film, Director Cecilia Miniucchi takes a sharp-eyed look at foibles and follies of people in flux. LIFE UPSIDE DOWN is a romantic comedy about time, distance, and the human condition. Three couples, connected by friendship, love and work, are each stuck in their respective homes in Los Angeles during the beginning of lockdown. Finally forced to face their spouses, friends, lovers, and eventually themselves head on, their lives turn slowly but surely upside-down. LIFE UPSIDE DOWN” was created and filmed at the very beginning of the Los Angeles lockdown. Written and directed entirely remotely, except for the opening and closing scenes, by Cecilia Miniucchi, shot entirely on iPads and iPhones, communicating through a computer or dual computers, and often shooting on multiple locations simultaneously. The focus is not on the pandemic, but rather the story is about human relationships. Writer / director Cecilia Miniucchi joins us to talk about her love for the characters showcased in the film, her outstanding cast, directing a superb cast of Bob Odenkirk, Radha Mitchell and Danny Huston, the precarious nature of making the film and how her work with film icons; Lina Wertmuller (her mentor), Federico Fellini, the Taviani Brothers, and Francis Ford Coppola has informed her own filmmaking.
About the filmmaker – Born in Italy and educated in the United States, Cannes Camera d’Or nominated writer/director Cecilia Miniucchi has apprenticed in both the Italian and the American film industry, working with directors Lina Wertmuller (her mentor), Federico Fellini, the Taviani Brothers, and at Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios. Previous work include “Expired,” an official selection at Sundance and Cannes, “Normality,” recipient of several awards, “Selena Remembered,” “Nitsch 98”. She has also directed MTV-winning videos and several documentaries. She is currently developing several feature films and has started her TV experience with a new series starring John Lithgow and Jack Black. Cecilia Miniucchi has published short stories and poetry, as well as her translations of Samuel Beckett, Native American Poetry, Irish and American contemporary poets. As an artist, she has had several photography and art video exhibitions in Los Angeles, Holland, Italy, San Francisco, New York, and Berlin. Her published photography books include THE EMPERORS’ NEW HATS; AND THE CASTLES MADE OF SAND; WE’VE COME A LONG WAY; A-HEAD; PLACES FOR YOUR H-ART. Cecilia Miniucchi studied at Harvard, Oxford, and The American Film Institute.