Francesca Manieri
Einaudi, October 2022, 50 pages

A young couple, their relationship on the rocks, two bored children, and an inexperienced tour guide. All are on board a jeep somewhere in Tanzania. What should be a relaxed safari is in danger of turning into a game that leads to a massacre. Because sometimes it takes very little – a sentence out of place, a wrong trail – to upend our certainties. And so the anxieties we have always harbored, which we have done everything to keep hidden, even from ourselves, come out with unexpected ferocity. Francesca Manieri explores human and animal nature in this story, taut as a bow ready to release its arrow. With the gaze of an entomologist she observes her characters struggling between the ghosts of the past and the fragility of the present, showing us how much one can be prey and predator at the same time.




Francesca Manieri

Francesca Manieri has a degree in philosophy, and a degree in screenwriting from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. In recent years she has written numerous screenplays, including Laura Bispuri’s Vergine Giurata (in competition at the Berlin festival, and the winner of the Nora Ephron award at the Tribeca Film Festival), Veloce come il vento and Il primo re, both by Matteo Rovere, L’immensità by Emanuele Crialese (in competition at the Venice Film Festival), Marcel by Jasmine Trinca (an official selection at Cannes), episodes 2 and 3 of the trilogy Smetto quando voglio and L’incredibile storia dell’Isola delle Rose by Sydney Sibilia. For television she co-wrote Il Miracolo and Anna, both by Niccolò Ammaniti, and We Are Who We Are written with Paolo Giordano and directed by Luca Guadagnino. Her latest work is Supersex, an upcoming Netflix series dedicated to the life of Rocco Siffredi. She published Asante (2022).





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