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Year of Production
2001
Director
Luca Gasparini
Format
DV Cam
Length
57 min

Passano i soldati

by Luca Gasparini

Synopsis

After the death of his father, Luca Gasparini, a film editor, gains access to an exclusive archive of war memories: his father Carlo had been in war as an alpine for seven years, and had followed France, Albania and the Russian retreat. He was one of the few to return alive after the debacle. In his archive Luca finds diaries, annotations, letters, photographs. That story of far away wars, which had always divided the life and the words of father and son, pushes Luca to learn more: he reads the books on the Russian retreat, those of Nuto Revelli and Mario Rigoni Stern, he goes to meet the two writers (his father was devoted to Rigoni Stern, he had even been to Asiago various times to meet him), he searches for friends and military companion. Eventually he goes to Russia, a thousand kilometres south of Moscow, where fascism had send the Italians to fight and die: at the river Don. Through the interviews to Revelli, Rigoni Stern and some friends of Carlo, the images of the trip to Russia, soviet archive material that had never been seen before, and with music by Massimo Zamboni (already member of CCCP-Fedeli on the line and CSI), the documentary tells the story of the progressive understanding of a son towards his father’s experience: a trip that starts form a complete lack of communication – when he is twenty, in 1977, too huge was the distance was the distance between the visions of the world of sons and fathers – and after a long journey of understanding e manages to overcome different indes and life choices.

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Cast

  • NUTO REVELLI
  • MARIO RIGONI STERN
  • NARDO CAPRIOLI

Crew

  • Director Luca Gasparini
  • Screenplay Luca Gasparini
  • Editor Luca Gasparini
  • Cinematography Francesco Cavazza, Gherardo Gossi
  • Music Massimo Zamboni
  • Sound Giuseppe Napoli
  • Organization Eugenia Gaglianone (Russia), Chiara Cordaro e Elisabetta Gioia (Italia)
  • Production Indigo Film
  • Produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima

Awards

  • Mediterraneo Video Festival Best Documentary

Festival Participations

  • 59 Torino Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Cinema and Technology Film Festival
  • Bergamo Film Meeting
  • N.I.C.E. (New Italian Cinema Events)
  • Maremma Doc Festival