Project Description


Directed by Carlo Mazzacurati
1997, Italy
100’, Color, 35 mm

Davide is an eighteen years old boy. He lives in Torino with his brother, and to earn some money he works in a big car-wash. That’s one of the most important year of his life.
The high-school is at the end: the degree exam has gone pretty well, but now the whole emptiness of summertime is opening like a black-hole in front of him.
He cannot expect money from his family, actually there is not enough for everydays needs (his father got married for the second time, and he got kids from the second marriage; his mixed-up brother can barely support his family).
While his friends are going on holidays by bike, Davide has to be satisfied with country holidays at his uncle house. He leaves  for the countryside just with the idea to spend summertime, but – with no intention or awareness – he will burn there the last moments of his teens. It is in the very Polesine, in that vast and beautiful land – where the river Po opens like a fan towards the sea – that Davide will fall in love with Patrizia, a woman older than him.
There he will became also a close friend of Alem, a young barman from Bosnia, a life lover, full of energy and of a secret bitterness in the meantime.
Davide will became a man through the strange meetings and the experiences of that summer, that will mark his soul forever.
Love will cause also a deep sorrow: the friendship with Alem is an adventure that will turn later into a tragedy – a tragedy that they will face with the unconsciousness of the last sparks of their youth.

Director: Carlo Mazzacurati
Writers: Carlo Mazzacurati – Claudio Piersanti
Screenwriters: Carlo Mazzacurati – Claudio Piersanti
With: Stefano Campi, Patrizia Piccinini, Toni Bertorelli, Semsudin Mujic, Silvana De Santis, Alessandro Mizzi, Roberto Messini D’agostino, Emanuele Barresi, Paola Rota, Maria Anaclerio e con Manrico Gammarota
Production manager: Luigi Lagrasta
Director of Photography: Fabio Paolucci
Set designer: Leonardo Scarpa
Costume designer: Francesca Sartori
Editing: Paolo Cottignola
Sound: Alessandro Zanon
Music: Ivano Fossati
Production: Rai Cinema Fiction
Produced by: Roberto Levi for Tangram Film

Locarno Film Festival 1999 – Nominated for Grand Prize of the Festival

FIPA Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels – XII edition 1999:
-          FIPA d’Or for Best script (fiction section)
-          FIPA d’Or for Best Actor: Stefano Campi
-          FIPA d’Or for Best Actress: Patrizia Piccinini

Sindacato Nazionale dei Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani (SNGCI) 1999 – Nominated for Best Soundtrack

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