Special Screenings 1995


by Isabella Sandri
Country: Italy
Year: 1995
Duration: 112'

The film opens on a baptism in the early seventies in Polesine (a region in the Venetian provinces). The baptism is that of Chiara and Nino. The heads of the two infants peak out from behind the large back of Rosa, Nino's grandmother, who is cradling them. 20 years pass... Chiara and Nino are in bed after having made love. During those 20 years, Rosa has continued to cradle her "putin" (little man in Venetian dialect). She has done so with an attentive, excessive love as if to compensate for the loss of his parents. Chiara too has been lulled all these years by an apparently normal family life and recently acquired economic comfort. But lust when she is to strike out on her own, she finds the confidence lacking in herself and in those around her. Before she dies, old Rosa manages to bequeath Chiara a sort of legacy: she sows a grain of doubt about accepting the apparent, unchanging order of things.


film director

Isabella Sandri

Isabella Sandri (Rovigo, Italy, 1957) debuted with The World Upside Down (Locarno, Rotterdam, Turin). In 1997, in Rwanda, she shot Gli spiriti delle mille colline (54th Venice FF). She and Gaudino made La casa dei limoni about Sabra and Shatila. The film Animali che attraversano la strada (57th Venice FF) recounts the life of a girl who lives in Rome’s suburbs, I quaderni di Luisa is about domestic violence (58th Venice FF), La zattera di sabbia is about the Tuareg people (Turin, Special Jury Prize). She and Gaudino shot Maquilas, about factories in Mexico (Turin, Special Jury Prize, Cipputi Award); in Afghanistan she made Storie d’armi e di piccoli eroi and Per questi stretti morire (64th Venice FF) about De Agostini in Tierra del Fuego. She coproduced and cowrote Gaudino’s movies Giro di lune tra terra e mare and Per amor vostro.


filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
La vestaglia rosa (corto, 1987), Calcinacci (coregia/codirector Giuseppe Gaudino, doc., 1990), Il mondo alla rovescia (1995), Gli spiriti delle mille colline (doc., 1997), Animali che attraversano la strada (2000), I diari della Sacher (ep. I quaderni di Luisa, doc., 2001), Maquilas (coregia/codirector Giuseppe Gaudino, doc., 2004), Per questi stretti morire (coregia/codirector Giuseppe Gaudino, doc., 2010), Un confine incerto (2019).


& Credits

Director and plot: Isabella Sandri.
Screenplay: Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Giuseppe Rocca, Isabella Sandri.
Director of photography: Tarek Ben Abdallah, Fabio laquone.
Art director: Giuseppe M. Gaudino.
Editor: lacopo Quadri, Giuseppe M. Gaudino.
Music: Epsilon Indi.
Cast and characters: Francesca Antonelli (Chiara), Marcello Ferrari (Nino), Anna Recchimuzzi (Rosa), Dada Morelli (Angelina), Renzo Rossi (Giulio).
Production company: Gaundri Film, via dei Gonzaga 56, 00163 Roma, Italy, tel. +39-06-6663899.
Italian distribution: Istituto Luce, via Tuscolana 1055, 00173 Roma, Italy, tel. +39-06-7222496-72293366, fax +39-06-7222493.