Fool or philosopher? Enzo Sicuri (1907-1988), played by Alvaro Evangelisti in this documentary film, was a homeless by choice in Parma, his city, after a normal childhood. He was called “Màt” (Mad), but he loved poetry, books, opera music and never asked for alms. Sicuri recycled cardboard boxes to pay for a soup. He was a free spirit, an independent spirit. His motto was “In life you can do without everything, apart from the air that we breathe”, taken from his mentor Dante Spaggiari, engraver of miniatures and real anarchist, played by the famous Alessandro Haber.
Francesco Dradi (1970), Fabrizio Marcheselli (1972) and Antonio Cavaciuti (1974) are three journalists and authors from Emilia Romagna. Since the 1990s they have published books and hundreds of articles about the history and the stories of their cities, Parma and Piacenza. They are screenwriters, directors and producers of their first film: the documentary «“Màt” Sicuri l’ultimo Diogene» (2019), dedicated to the only homeless represented in a monument on a square (Parma city centre). It is something to reflect on the real values in the modern world.