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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Allonsanfan

Fortnight 1975, Feature film, 1h40

Synopsis

Vittorio Taviana : « In 1968, the revolutionary upsurge was both inside us and outside us. At the moment, we have a greater need for quiet and reflexion. Thus ALLONSANFAN…
As always in our films, it’s a historical event which is our starting point and the occasion to catalyse certain questions about today. In the film, the reference to 1816 is precise : we made a thorough study of this period in order to forget it afterwards, thus getting freer – the exact reconstruction of events doesn’t interest us. We speak of the past in order to speak of the present, as always with history and art.
During a slump, at the ebb of the tide, there are many ways to react and one of them is to throw yourself into utopia. That’s the second soul of ALLONSANFAN.
Paolo Taviani : « The film develops the expression of an ebbing, of a confrontation of ideas. ALLONFANSAN is treason and the splendour of regression. »
Vittorio Taviani : « We show that contradictions exist, but we do not offer any solutions. Anyway, in the cinema, the best way to say something is sometimes to hide it. »
Extracts from « La Revue du Cinéma » 287, sept 1974.

Directors

Paolo Taviani

Paolo Taviani studied liberal arts at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini’s Paisà (1946). After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Vittorio, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever since, with each directing alternate scenes with the other watching but never interfering.

Vittorio Taviani

Vittorio Taviani studied law at the University of Pisa, becoming interested in the cinema after seeing Roberto Rossellini’s Paisà (1946). After writing and directing short films and plays with his brother Paolo, he made his first feature in 1962. The brothers have continued to work together ever since, with each directing alternate scenes with the other watching but never interfering.

Bruno Cirino
Laura Betti
Lea Massari
Marcello Mastroianni
Renato de Carmine

Music
Ennio Moricone

Production : ITAL NOLEGGIO CINEMATOGRAFICO / Pier Paolo Pineschi