1-L'ORCHESTRA DI PIAZZA VITTORIO
by Agostino Ferrente. Italy 2006. time: 93 min.
Story: Roma. Vittorio square. A
group of italian artists desides to save the old cinema
Apollo, builting an orchestra of immigrant musicians. The
project starts in 2001 and in few years the orchestra,
composed by artists from all over the world, becomes very
Through this movie Ferrente want
to focus on a real story of solidarity and civil
2-LA LEGGENDA DEL PIANISTA
SULL'OCEANO by Giuseppe Tornatore. Italia 1998. Time 153
The popular italian
director Tornatore tells the story of Danny Boodman T.D.
Lemon Novecento who was born on a boat in 1900 and lived his
all life without getting off the boat. He spends his days
playing piano for the passengers and he is considered the
best pianist of the ocean.
As background of
his life there is the travel of thousands of italian
immigrants of the last century who moved from thier country
The movie is
accompanied by the soundtrack of the great italian composer
3-LAMERICA by Gianni Amelio.
Italia 1995. Time 125 mins.
A young man goes to Albania with
a buisnessman in order to open a shoes factory there. For
legal reasons the two men need a person from there to open
the activity. They found an old albanian man. From this
moment the young italian man goes through many problems and
at the end he takes a boat with the old man to go back to
Italy. This adventure focuses on the difficult relationship
between Italy and Albania.
4-LEZIONI DI VOLO by Francesca
Archibugi. Italy 2006. Time 106 mins.
Pollo and Curry are two 18 years
old boys with no interest in school and life. At the end of
the last semester of the high school they decide to make a
trip to India. There they meet Chiara, a young doctor who
helps them to find the interest in life. Pollo falls in love
with her and with her breavness. Curry, who is from indian
origyns and he was adopted from an italian family when he
was a child, decides to find his real mother.
The second theme is the problem
of the south of Italy:
1- I CENTO PASSI by M.T.Giordana.
Italia 2000. Time 114 mins.
At the end of the '60s in Sicily
the Mafia has the control of most of the economic and daily
life. The young Peppino Impastato fights agains it in a very
original way: he opens a free radio which it becomes his
means of revolution agains Mafia. He is tortured and killed
by Mafia but his death becomes a symbol of revolution all
A beautiful film about a true
story of one of the thousands victims of Mafia.
2- IL GATTOPARDO by Luchino Visconti.
Italy 1963. time 205 mins.
The story takes places in the 1860 during
the unification of Italy. Through the words of the Principe di
Salina, the main carachter, Visconti gives a good portrait
of Sicily describing the change of italian society and the
begenning of the new middle classes.
This is an important piece of italian
cinematography because it shows very well the tecnique of
one of the most important italian director.
3-IO NON HO PAURA by Gabriele
salvatores. Italy 2003. Time 95 mins.
Michele, 10 years old, lives in
a small village of south of Italy and he spends his days
hanging out with his little sister and his friends. One day
he discovers a big hole and inside it a prisoner child of
his same age. He starts to visit him every day, to bring him
food, to take him out of the prison. The drama of Michele
starts when he descovers his father is envolved in the
kidnap of the child. Even though he is very young, he founds
a lot of strengh to liberate the child..
3- COSi' RIDEVANO by Gianni Amelio. Italy
1998. Time 124 mins.
The difficult brothership beteween two
young sicilians takes place on the background of the big
immigration waves of thousand of peolpe who moved from the
south to the north of Italy during the '60s, expetially in
the new industrial centre of Torino because of the opening
of the car factory F.I.A.T.
The film won the Leone d'oro prize in
Venezia festival in 1998.