BORSALINO CITY

by Enrica Viola
BORSALINO CITY - BORSALINO CITY

Informations

Nation: Italy

Year: 2015

Length: 79'

33° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

The movies made the Borsalino hat an icon. During Hollywood’s golden age, everyone wore them. But what few people know is that the legend was born in a provincial town in Italy and for over 125 years one single family was at the head of the empire founded by Giuseppe Borsalino. Through the memory of the workers of the time, the movie tells the story of the amazing encounter between the dream of a self-made entrepreneur and the great industry of desires – cinema – and traces the history of one of the most famous hats in the world.

Director

Enrica Viola

Enrica Viola

Enrica Viola (Turin) graduated in film semiology and attended the I Cammelli school of social documentaries. She debuted in 1998 with the documentary Se la vita è meglio, butti via la telecamera, presented at the Torino Film Festival. Between 1998 and 2008 she worked as a writer and director for Rai satellite channels, making news reports and show business magazine programs. Since 2008 she has been working in various aspects of production with her company Una film, in collaboration with other Italian and foreign independent companies.

Filmography:
Se la vita è meglio, butti via la telecamera (cm, doc., 1998), Sul circo contemporaneo (cm, doc., 2006), Mi Pogolotti Querido (mm, doc., 2011), Borsalino City (doc., 2015).

Cast and Credits

regia, produttore/director, producer
Erica Viola
soggetto/story
Enrica Viola, Paola Rota, Erica Liffredo
fotografia/cinematography
Luciano Federici
montaggio/film editing
Enrico Giovannone
musica/music
Giorgio Li Calzi
interpreti/cast
Robert Redford, Vittorio Vaccarino, Paolo Vaccarino, Elena Vitelli, Massimo Arlotta, Maria Vaccarino, Jacopo Gardella, Giancarlo Subbrero, Marie-Laure Gutton, Piero Tosi, Massimo Pieroni, Ugo Boccassi, Giovanna Raisini Usuelli, Jean-Claude Carrière, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Eddie Muller, Marilyn Vance, Alberto Barbera, Dante Spinotti, Mariella Vaccarino
produzione/production
Una Film
coproduttori/coproducers
Virginie Guibbaud, Simone Bachini
coproduzione/coproduction
Apapaja, Les Films d’ici 2
distribuzione/distribution
Cinecittà Luce


contatti/contacts
Cinecittà Luce
Marlon Pellegrini
m.pellegrini@cinecittaluce.it
www.cinecittaluce.it

Director statement

“Borsalino City is a story about 'family capitalism' and the domination over the life of a small town for over 120 years. As a former worker said: 'Borsalino has fed, it can be said, all Alessandria'. If, on one hand, Alessandria as many other ex industrial towns has nowadays any sign of its former 'magnificence', on the other hand, all over the world there is still a great imaginative power related to the Borsalino brand and factory. The process of creating the borsalino myth, necessarily passes through the expert hands of those who greatly made hats, of those who worked. Therefore, using the wonderful archive pictures, we revived some testimonies of workers who in 1957 celebrated the centenary of the factory: in their faces and in their words there is all the dignity of the working class and the pride of 'know-how'. Somehow, with this film, from Alessandria in Hollywood, we have tried to bridge the gap between the unknown and the glamour.” 

Synopsis Learn more

The movies made the Borsalino hat an icon. During Hollywood’s golden age, everyone wore them. But what few people know is that the legend was born in a provincial town in Italy and for over 125 years one single family was at the head of the empire founded by Giuseppe Borsalino. Through the memory of the workers of the time, the movie tells the story of the amazing encounter between the dream of a self-made entrepreneur and the great industry of desires – cinema – and traces the history of one of the most famous hats in the world.

Director All about direction

Enrica Viola

Enrica Viola

Enrica Viola (Turin) graduated in film semiology and attended the I Cammelli school of social documentaries. She debuted in 1998 with the documentary Se la vita è meglio, butti via la telecamera, presented at the Torino Film Festival. Between 1998 and 2008 she worked as a writer and director for Rai satellite channels, making news reports and show business magazine programs. Since 2008 she has been working in various aspects of production with her company Una film, in collaboration with other Italian and foreign independent companies.

Filmography:
Se la vita è meglio, butti via la telecamera (cm, doc., 1998), Sul circo contemporaneo (cm, doc., 2006), Mi Pogolotti Querido (mm, doc., 2011), Borsalino City (doc., 2015).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, produttore/director, producer
Erica Viola
soggetto/story
Enrica Viola, Paola Rota, Erica Liffredo
fotografia/cinematography
Luciano Federici
montaggio/film editing
Enrico Giovannone
musica/music
Giorgio Li Calzi
interpreti/cast
Robert Redford, Vittorio Vaccarino, Paolo Vaccarino, Elena Vitelli, Massimo Arlotta, Maria Vaccarino, Jacopo Gardella, Giancarlo Subbrero, Marie-Laure Gutton, Piero Tosi, Massimo Pieroni, Ugo Boccassi, Giovanna Raisini Usuelli, Jean-Claude Carrière, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Eddie Muller, Marilyn Vance, Alberto Barbera, Dante Spinotti, Mariella Vaccarino
produzione/production
Una Film
coproduttori/coproducers
Virginie Guibbaud, Simone Bachini
coproduzione/coproduction
Apapaja, Les Films d’ici 2
distribuzione/distribution
Cinecittà Luce


contatti/contacts
Cinecittà Luce
Marlon Pellegrini
m.pellegrini@cinecittaluce.it
www.cinecittaluce.it

Director statement Read more

“Borsalino City is a story about 'family capitalism' and the domination over the life of a small town for over 120 years. As a former worker said: 'Borsalino has fed, it can be said, all Alessandria'. If, on one hand, Alessandria as many other ex industrial towns has nowadays any sign of its former 'magnificence', on the other hand, all over the world there is still a great imaginative power related to the Borsalino brand and factory. The process of creating the borsalino myth, necessarily passes through the expert hands of those who greatly made hats, of those who worked. Therefore, using the wonderful archive pictures, we revived some testimonies of workers who in 1957 celebrated the centenary of the factory: in their faces and in their words there is all the dignity of the working class and the pride of 'know-how'. Somehow, with this film, from Alessandria in Hollywood, we have tried to bridge the gap between the unknown and the glamour.”