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by Gianfranco Pannone
Ambrogio Sparagna
Italy, 2019, 72', color, w/b, DCP
Screenplay: Gianfranco Pannone
Ambrogio Sparagna
Wednesday 28 August 2019
11:30 Sala Perla Press, Industry
Saturday 31 August 2019
11:30 Sala Perla Tickets, All Accreditations

Niccolò Palomba
Angelo Musciagna

Ambrogio Sparagna
with special appearance of
Francesco De Gregori

Roberto Civitenga
archival research
Nathalie Giacobino

Alice Girodini
Roberto Abbati
Clemente Pernarella

Istituto Luce Cinecittà
executive producer
Maura Cosenza

Press office
Marlon Pellegrini

A tragicomic tour of Italy's recent history, and at the same time, a song of peace, the film is a backward glance that takes in over a hundred years, from the Unification of Italy to the present, to illustrate the rocky and often ironic relationship Italians have with the military and power in general. The film combines invaluable stock footage from the Istituto Luce Archives with marvelous folk songs and four diaries kept by: a soldier for the Kingdom of Italy in the 1800s, a fighter in Ethiopia in 1935, a female resistance fighter during World War II, and a sergeant in the Italian Navy in the Kosovo. The result is private stories and the collective memory of a people who, with two millennia of war under their belt, should have a few tips about world peace.



2019 Scherza con i fanti (doc)
2017 Mondo Za (doc)
2016 Lascia stare i Santi (doc)
2015 L'esercito più piccolo del mondo (doc)
2015 Aniello e il professore (doc)
2014 Sul vulcano (doc)
2012 Ebrei a Roma (doc)
2012 Scorie in libertà (doc)
2010 ma che Storia... (doc)
2008 Il sol dell'avvenire (doc)
2005 Io che amo solo te
2004 Pietre, miracoli e petrolio (doc)
2001 Latina/Littoria (doc)
2000 Sirena operaia (doc)
1999 Pomodori
Viaggio nell'identità italiana
1988 L'America a Roma (doc)
1995 Lettere dall'America (doc)
1991 Piccola America (doc)

From 1991 to 1998, Gianfranco Pannone directed his Trilogia dell'America (Piccola America, Lettere dall'America, L'America a Roma) and in 2001 the film Latina/Littoria, Best Documentary at the Torino Film Festival. His medium- and feature-length credits include L'esercito più piccolo del mondo (2015, Special Silver Ribbon) and Lascia stare i santi (2016, Premio Mario Gallo). His films have been selected for numerous Italian and international festivals. Pannone teaches directing for the Master's in film and television at the Università Suor Orsola Benincasa, at the Drama, Art and Music program at Roma Tre University and at the CSC - National Film School in Rome and Palermo.

A musician and ethnomusicologist, as a concert performer Ambrogio Sparagna toured extensively starting in the early 1980s, releasing over twenty albums. From 2004 to 2006 he was the Music Director of the Festival of the Night of the Taranta, and in 2007 he founded the Orchestra Popolare Italiana at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica. During his residency at the Parco della Musica, Sparagna has composed roughly fifty original productions that have toured to widespread critical and audience acclaim.

"Folk songs and war diaries used to show, humorously at times, the strained relationship between the Italian people, the military, and power at large: this is what we set out to do, with the larger picture of a universal hymn to peace ever in our sights. We believe that Italy's tortured and often bloody history, over the course of two thousand years, could well serve as a warning for one and all, if you think of the complex conflicts playing out in our own particularly trying times." [Gianfranco Pannone]

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