"Cinema is documentary and fiction, but their relationship is no longer right. There is 90% fiction and 10% documentary, while the right proportion would be 5050. The truth is that today we are not making the cinema that we should, but by the way we do not live the lives we should. Otherwise we would not make films. An old Tibetan woman and Jean-Luc Godard talk about themselves and their deeds. This is a film on personal memory as well as of images of an autobiographical past. It is a past that is not dead, and, what's, more, it is not even past. It is a memory of emotions seen through other memories of emotions. Every story, every life, has a beginning, a middle, and an end, even if they do not necessarily happen in that order." (Armando Ceste)
Armando Ceste (Turin, 1942), after several experiences in underground cinema (his first short film, La lezione, was screened at the Festival del Cinema Indipendente Italiano in 1969 in Turin), in the beginning of the 70's he is one of the founders of Collettivo Cinema Militante in Turin. In the last years he has made several works, some of them in collaboration with the Archivio Audiovisivo del movimento Operaio e Demovratico in Rome. He has been artistic director at Valsusa FilmFest, film festival on the themes of historic memory and environment defense.
La lezione (1969), I migliori anni della nostra vita (1987), Donato (1987), Nosferatu, ogni notte di fronte a me (1988), Das Rastel einer Strasse (1988), Morire d'amore (1988), Recita (1990), L'ultimo nastro (1991), Lontano dal golfo (1991), Jean-Marie Straub, la resistenza del cinema (1991), Finale di partita (1992), Marzo 1973 - I giorni della Fiat (1993), Due o tre cose (1994), Aria di golpe (1994), Milano 25 aprile (1994), Mai tardi (1996), Anna Karina. Il volto della Nouvelle Vague (1996), Le parole sono importanti (1996), Jean-Marie Straub. Lezione di cinema (1998), Viaggio alla fine del mondo (dove le storie vanno a finire) (1998), Rosso/Askatasuna (a proposito di un primo maggio di guerra) (1999), Romeo & Giulietta. Il gioco del film (2000), Abdellah e i suoi fratelli (2000), Erri De Luca. Dopo Genova (filastrocche sgangherate) (2001), Libera terra (2002), Fiatamlet (2003) Variazioni (doc, 2004).
Director of photography: Claudio Meloni, Armando Ceste, Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio.
Editor: Ernaldo Data.
Production company: Osvaldo Marini, AC/cinema e video, via Accademia Albertina 10, 10123 Torino, tel. +390118170250, fax +39011-837825.