Danilo, regista e protagonista, in occasione del 30° compleanno del fratello Roberto, appassionato di Seconda Guerra Mondiale, decide di regalargli un viaggio per un posto in cui sarebbe sempre voluto andare: Auschwitz. Un viaggio di riconciliazione tra i due fratelli, il cui rapporto si è rotto nel momento in cui Roberto ha intrapreso la strada della tossicodipendenza e dell’alcolismo, passando tra carceri, comunità e reparti psichiatrici.
La serie tv che sembra un film
ARTE ha lasciato carta bianca al regista Bruno Dumont per realizzare questa mini serie TV. Alla serie hanno dedicato alcune pagine i Cahiers du Cinéma dello scorso settembre: nell’editoriale Stéphane Delorne ha presentato P’tit Quinquin come una “bomba” e vede nella serie un gesto radicale. I Cahiers la considerano la produzione più pazza che sia stata realizzata da molto tempo. Continua la lettura di “P’tit Quinquin” di Bruno Dumont
Tra i film del TorinoFilmLab ne segnalo uno veramente interessante. Si tratta di In Jouw Naam, in inglese In Your Name, di Marco Van Geffen.
Il film narra il dramma di una coppia, Ton e Els, che perde una figlia poche settimane dopo la nascita a causa di una rara malattia. L’avvenimento porta entrambi, ovviamente, a faticare per ricominciare la propria vita.
Article by: Fabio Olivetti
Translation by: Elettra Abatucci
Among the films setting up Torino Film Lab, one is especially interesting: ‘In Jouw Naam‘ — in English ‘In Your Name’ — by Marco Van Geffen.
It talks about some dramatic events in the lives of a couple, Ton and Els, who have lost their newborn girl due to a rare disease. This leads them to struggle in order to restart their life.
Els is the first to recover: she takes comfort in throwing away all the furniture in the room of their baby girl. However, Ton is not able to overcome his loss and he gets upset about his partner’s apparent peace of mind, so much that he does not want to touch her, not even in bed. Even when Els got pregnant again, Ton cannot set free from the pain he is suffering, until tragic consequences arouse.
The director is able to transmit the sorrow and the agony of the characters without using conversation. Dialogues are minimal and useful only in terms of the development of the main plot. The scenes follow one another without any of the characters saying a word, but still the message clearly.
‘In Your Name’ is Van Geffen’s second work, awarded with the ‘Prix Art des Relations Internationales’ at the Festival of Cannes. It can be considered one of the most prestigious products obtained with the help of Torino Film Lab this year.
Article by: Fabio Olivetti
Translation by: Greta Moroni
Mr. Kaplan is the second film by Alvaro Brechner, a director who had a great personal success in 2009 with Mal día para pescar. He gets back to film direction thanks to the Torino Film Lab, too.
Jacob Kaplan lives in Montevideo, Uruguay. He lived the atrocities of the Nazi persecutions in Europe and did not forget his Jewish origins. When he hears that a German man lives and works near him, all the terrible feelings related to the period of the Second World War resurface. He knows about what Simon Wiesenthal did in 1960: he worked for the seizure of the Nazi Adolf Eichmann. In the same way, with the help of a family friend, a former police officer, Jacob tries to carry out investigations in order to arrest his enemy and move him to Israel for the trial.
This event will push the protagonist beyond his physical limits trying to pursue his ideals and maintaining his dignity. He’s trying to get his revenge, which is within his reach.
In this film both comedy and detective story features are perfectly mixed together. There are comical situations, based on the personalities of the two main characters. One is determined to reach his goal, while the other one wants to find a way to regain his family’s respect.
This film is the boast of the Torino Film Lab. It has been chosen for the 2015 Oscar nomination for best foreign language film. It is a funny but undoubtedly composed film, which encourages defending your ideals as well as pursuing justice and truth, even many years later.
Mr. Kaplan è il secondo film di Alvaro Brechner, che dopo il successo personale di Mal día para pescar del 2009 ritorna dietro la macchina da presa grazie anche al Torino Film Lab.
Jacob Kaplan vive la sua vita a Montevideo, in Uruguay. Ha vissuto gli orrori della persecuzione nazista in Europa e non ha dimenticato le sue radici ebraiche.
*Copyright by Matteo Bagnasacco*
Article by: Elisa Carbone
Translation by: Licia Ficulle
‘Per tutta la vita’ is the first film in this section curated by Paolo Virzì. The main theme of the film is divorce, examined from different points of view. The director Susanna Nicchiarelli (already established for two feature films, in particular Cosmonauta in 2009) decided to deal with this social phenomenon for the anniversary of the referendum in 1974, which led Italy to take sides on whether to legalize or not divorce.
The documentary treats this theme on various ways, though focusing the attention on personal stories represented on the screen. In fact, the protagonists are more or less common people reporting their opinion of divorce, according to their “skills” and experiences.
Monica, a zoologist, talks about monogamy in several species, starting with birds, passing for wolves and monkeys, up to human beings. Silvio, a divorce lawyer, describes the legislative and technical aspect of it. Although, as his wife Sveva, steps in his talk, he lets himself go in most personal confessions. Guido and Paola, parents of the fitter of the documentary, recall the history of their love at first, then their marriage and finally divorce.
The interviews alternate with family filmstrips of director Nicchiarelli (narrated in voiceover by his parents, still happily married) and original shoots from Rai archives. The last ones show old electoral slogans of politicians Berlinguer and Fanfani and some advertising pro-divorce starring Gianni Morandi and his family.
This mixture of evidences and sources highlights the desire of the director to find out the real meaning of marriage and divorce, also underlining how that meaning changed in time.
Is monogamy a natural or a social fact? Does the woman manage to break free from her role of mother and wife after the referendum? These questions do not need to an answer because the aim is pay attention to these and, through this document, research events and opinions, which help to developing a clear viewpoint.
The atmosphere is unique, both deep and personal, as it involves the participation of relatives and friends of the director. During the vision of her wedding shoot, Nicchiarelli’s mother states with clear awareness that divorce acquired real meaning only when women understood their freedom and their own social role, which was unimaginable before 1974.
In the end, she adds that the expression “per tutta la vita” (“for a whole life”), after 1974, changed its meaning from absolute to relative.
Il filo conduttore di Per tutta la vita, primo film della sezione curata da Paolo Virzì, è il divorzio, declinato sotto diversi punti di vista.
L’occasione che ha portato la regista Susanna Nicchiarelli (già affermatasi per due lungometraggi e in particolare per Cosmonauta nel 2009) ad occuparsi di questo fenomeno sociale è stato l’anniversario del Referendum che nel 1974 portò l’Italia a schierarsi a favore o contro il divorzio.