27° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

RADIO SINGER

by Pietro Balla
Country: Italy
Year: 2009
Duration: 52'


RADIO SINGER
Torino, 1977. The multinational Singer is closing its factory at Leinì,
leaving over two thousand workers unemployed. The factory workers
decide to organize a protest. One of the participants is Maddalena,
who on the morning of October 1ST conducts the last transmission of
Radio Singer, one of the first free radio stations. At the same moment,
a crowd of demonstrators heads in the direction of the Palazzo Nuovo
university building. Everything happens in just a few hours. At 1:10 p.m.
the radio transmission is over for good and the march has ended. But
Molotov cocktails were thrown against the “Angelo Azzurro” and a
young man who was inside the building by chance was severely burned.

“August 2009. Italy. Hot. The country’s second newspaper, ‘la
Repubblica,’ carries out political opposition. The economic crisis forces
workers to extreme measures, such as throwing themselves from
construction cranes or tying themselves to cornices. It’s hot.
The winning cultural model is the one embodied by Premier Silvio
Berlusconi. It’s hot. We must understand where this horror began.
We must understand. We must be merciless with our own mistakes.
Because it all started inside us.”

Biography

film director

Pietro Balla

Pietro Balla (Poirino, Turin, Italy, 1956) earned his degree in political science; in 1985 he started making shows and documentaries for Italian television. His works include Illibatezza, 1949 Nelle terre di Dio, Dérive Gallizio, Ballando nel fumo and I campioni di Olimpia. He created and produced the series Scatti di nera, with Michele Placido, for Fox International Channels Italia, and, between 2007 and 2008, he co-directed and produced the documentary Operai for Raitre. In 2008 the Venice Film Festival presented his documentary film ThyssenKrupp Blues, directed and produced with Monica Repetto.

FILMOGRAFIA

Illibatezza (cm, 1994), Camerini ardenti (mm, doc., 1996), Amateurs (coregia/codirector Monica Repetto, cm, doc., 1999), Agathae, 3 giorni di fuoco e devozione (mm, doc., 1999), Amateurs 2 (coregia/codirector Monica Repetto, cm, doc., 2000), 1949 Nelle terre di Dio
(mm, doc., 2000) Dérive Gallizio (doc., 2000), Amori in fiamme (coregia/codirector Monica Repetto, mm, tv, 2002), Ballando nel fumo (doc., 2002), I campioni di Olimpia
(doc., 2004), L’odore della gomma (mm, doc., 2005), Scatti di nera (tv, 2006), Operai (coregia/codirector Monica Repetto, doc., 2008), ThyssenKrupp Blues (coregia/codirector Monica Repetto, doc., 2008), Radio Singer (mm, doc., 2009), Nitro (mm, 2012).

Cast

& Credits

regia, soggetto/
director, story
Pietro Balla
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Pietro Balla,
Marcella Filippa,
Enrico Miletto
fotografia/cinematography
Pietro Balla,
Francesca Frigo,
Andrea Parena
montaggio/film editing
Cristina Flamini
interpreti/cast
Erika Di Crescenzo,
Bruno Brancaleoni,
Salvatore Merola,
Guerrino Babbini,
Rosaria Gigantiello,
Agnese Cappelletto,
Dario Fo,
Franca Rame,
Piero Fassino
produttori/producers
Monica Repetto,
Marcella Filippa,
Enrico Miletto
produzione,
vendita all’estero/
production, world sales
Deriva film
coproduzione/coproduction
Fondazione Vera Nocentini
Onlus

TFF

prizes

UCCA AWARD 2009

Special Mention

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