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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Caldo soffocante

Fortnight 1991, Feature film, 1H44


Marie-Christine, a young woman in a dark and stubborn mood, stumbles over a handbag somebody probably lost a few minutes ago. Inside, she finds a passport and an airplane ticket booked for the following day. Incidentally, she sets off on a search for the bag’s owner, using its contents as first lead…


Giovanna Gagliardo

After working as a writer for «Il Giorno» and «Tempo Illustrato», and working on the cultural columns of «Il Messagero» and «La republica», Giovanna Gagliardo, born in 1941 near Turin, started writing for the screen and wrote the scripts of the TV show « La vita è romanzo», then for cinema, on «L’amica» and Nelo Risi’s «Una stagione all’inferno». She then became director Miklos Jancso’s assistant before directing herself several documentaries like «Passi nella memoria» and «Cinecittà». In 1978, she directed her first long feature, «Maternale», selected at the Directors’ Fortnight, then, in 1980, a TV film, «Il sogno dell’altro». In 1983, «Via degli specchi», her second cinema long feature, is presented at the Berlin Film Festival. «Caldo Soffocante» is her third long feature.

Christine Boisson
Ennio Fantastichini
Gabriele Ferzetti
Jacques Sernas
Laura Betti
Maurizio Fardo

Giovanna GagliardoEnnio de Concini

Cristiano Pogany

Mario Dallimonti

Roberto Perpignani

Set decoration
Lorenzo Baraldi

Production : Silvio Berlusconi Communications à Rome Vente à l’étranger : Adriana Chiesa Enterprises à Rome

Title in Original Version : Chaleur Etouffante