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La Cicciolina. Godmother of Scandal

Germany/France 2016 – 54′

The life of Ilona Staller, commonly known as Cicciolina, is probably unique with regard to her art as well as her person. 

Emigrating from communist Hungary, she followed the call of the “dolce vita” to Italy and found it a fertile environment for a life dedicated to scandal. 

When she started posing as a scantily dressed nymph in naughty photographs her career picked up speed and steadily propelled her into the realms of radio, TV, erotic films and pornography. 

As the first porn star in the history of democracy, Ilona Staller managed to be elected Member of Parliament and her unexpected victory guaranteed her worldwide attention. 

Her turbulent relationship with Jeff Koons, whose wife and muse she became, finally secured her iconic status in contemporary pop culture. 

Based on profoundly researched archive material and directed both with passion and a twinkle of irony, La Cicciolina. Godmother of Scandal captures the phenomenon Ilona Staller in its multiple facets and places it in the wider context of Italy's political situation at the time.

A film by Alessandro Melazzini.


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Press comments

This film is no insipid journey into the past garnished with a few hardcore images. Rather, it is an analysis of how a girl with a love for pythons and provocation could become the symbol of a whole period of Italy's history. 


I used to consider Cicciolina the epitome of mindless vulgarity, but I must revise my opinion. 

Bluewin TV & Film

The story of the „Callas of Sex“, who made porn presentable in Italy. 

Il Fatto

A story, but also a profound study of archive material. 

Il Giorno

A provocative documentary. 


Festivals and awards

  • Worldfest Houston – Silver Remi Award 2020
  • Pornfilmfestival Berlin 2017
  • Festival Do Rio 2017
  • Millenium Docs Against Gravity Warsaw 2017
  • Beldocs – International documentary film festival Belgrad 2017

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