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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Il piccolo diavolo

Fortnight 1989, Feature film, 1h41


« Il Piccolo Diavolo » does not tell a modern story, does not attempt to interpret the ideas and contradictions of our contemporary society. No, it goes further. It is a rare and unique film. It is the fusion of all culture, the confrontation between Gog and Magog. « Il Piccolo Diavolo » unites minds of all times in a radius of action that goes from Voltaire to Toshiro Mifune. More magnificient than Cazotte, more carnal than Rabelais, lighter than Calir, more elegant than Ophüls, « Il Piccolo Diavolo » was inspired by these four masters and by their predecessors. It even draws attention to those who were in the background. « Il Piccolo Diavolo » will also go down in history as having been the only out of competition film to have won the Golden Palm. Which goes to show its superior quality. The author would like to thank above all Wim Wenders and the jury for having seen in « Il Piccolo Diavolo » two of the greatest virtues of the human soul: modesty and humility. Roberto Benigni


Roberto Benigni

Roberto Benigni was born in 1952 in Italy. He attended a seminary in Florence, planning to become a priest. He graduated from Instituto Tecnico Commericale Datini di Prato.After his movie Life Is Beautiful (1997) received seven Academy Award nominations, he met the Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro and said, after shaking his hand: « Now I have the Oscar in my hand! ».He was the first actor to win a Best Actor Oscar for a non-English speaking role. With Laurence Olivier, they are the only two actors to have directed themselves in Oscar winning performances. He was candidate to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Literature for his explanation and recitations of Dante’s « Divina Commedia » (2007).He is also a respected poet, known for his poesia estemporanea, and singer-songwriter. He was a supporter of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) and has become one of the most radical opponents to Silvio Berlusconi’s government and policy in Italy.

Franco Fabrizi
John Lurie
Nicoletta Braschi
Paolo Boroni
Roberto Benigni
Stefania Sandrelli
Walter Matthau

Roberto Benigni, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Vincenzo Cerami

Robby Müller

Remo Ugolinelli

Nino Baragli

Evan Lurie

Production : Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Rome, Italie et Yarno Cinematografica, Rome, Italie Vente à l’étranger : Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica, Rome, Italie

Title in Original Version : Le petit diable