Il Varco – Once more unto the Breach


 

In 1941, an Italian soldier is leaving for the Soviet front. The Fascist army is allied with the Nazi war machine. Victory seems close. The convoy moves forward, men are singing and hopeful. The soldier’s mind goes back to the melancholic fairy tales his Russian mother told him. Unlike his younger companions, he has already been to war, in Africa, and he fears it. The train crosses Europe, reaching the interminable expanses of the Ukrainian plains. As winter arrives, enthusiasm wanes under the first mortar shells, the cold and the snow. The most heartfelt desire is no longer victory, but rather a warm bed, food, and to go back home. The immense wind ravaged steppe seems to be inhabited by ghosts.

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Produced by Kiné in association with Istituto Luce Cinecittà

in collaboration with Home Movies – Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia
in collaboration with Rai Cinema

with the contribution of Regione Emilia-Romagna – Emilia-Romagna Film Commission

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FESTIVAL

2019
Official Selection at the 76th Mostra internazionale d’arte cinematografica di Venezia – Sconfini
13th Salina DOC Fest – Competion
Jury Special Mention – 37th Annecy cinèma italien

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YEAR 2019
LENGHT 70′
GENRE Fiction
FORMAT HD da 9,5mm, 16mm, 8mm, Super8
PRODUCTION Claudio Giapponesi (Kiné)
DIRECTED BY Federico Ferrone and Michele Manzolini
SCREENPLAY Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini and Wu Ming 2
NARRATOR Emidio Clementi
DOP Andrea Vaccari
EDITING Maria Fantastica Valmori
MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN Simonluca Laitempergher
DISTRIBUTION Istituto Luce Cinecittà
INTERNATIONAL SALES Slingshot film