STORY OF A BELOVED WOMAN AND A NICE ASSASSIN “It is increasingly difficult to live in a country which only knows its
The history of Italy, from before the war to today, is recounted through
the memories of Marina Piperno. Her memories bring back images
of the hope that was placed in the Resistance and images of anguish
for the tragedy of the Shoah. This tragedy is embodied by the buildings
of the Birkenau concentration camp, an obligatory stop in this journey
through the past. Through her love for cinema and for an all-male
profession like that of producer, which she embraced with courage
and tenacy, she depicts another side of Italy in her films.
History superficially and which even tries to deny it, perhaps in order
to rewrite it. The two of us, who were born earlier, consider History
the very source of our identity. With this film we have looked straight
into the face of our past and we have carefully sifted through it,
without neglecting daily life, affections, attention to the sensitive
world that surrounds us, cultural research and political reflection,
thereby projecting ourselves into the future.”
STORY OF A BELOVED WOMAN AND A NICE ASSASSIN
“It is increasingly difficult to live in a country which only knows its
Luigi Monardo Faccini (Lerici, La Spezia, Italy) directed his first film Il libro bianco for RAI in 1969. In 1975 he wrote and directed The Red Carnation, an adaptation of Vittorini’s novel. In 1982 he founded the production company MP with Marina Piperno, which will produce all his works. In 1985 he won a jury mention at the Locarno Film Festival and two Silver Ribbons with Inganni, inspired by the life of Dino Campana. He continued making documentaries as well as fictional films dealing with issues like AIDS, juvenile detention centers, the cities’ outskirts (Notte di Stelle, 1991, and Giamaica, 1998), and the memory of the fascist massacres. After the year 2000, he started dedicating himself to literary research, writing, among others, the book L’Amata & l’assassino, malizia e innocenza del cinema (2010), which accompanies the personal retrospective dedicated to the Faccini-Piperno duo by the National Cinema Museum of Turin. In 2009 he directed with Marina Piperno Storia di una donna amata e di un assassino gentile - Capitolo I, II, III, presenting it to the 27th Torino Film Festival.
Il libro bianco (tv, doc., 1969), Garofano rosso (1975), Nella città perduta di Sarzana (doc., 1979), Sassalbo provincia di Sidney (doc., 1982), L’Amiata è anche un fiume (doc., 1983), Immaginando cinema (doc., 1984), Inganni (1985), Donna d’ombra (1988), Villa Glori (doc., 1990), Ladro di voci (doc., 1990), Notte di stelle (1991), Canto per il sangue dimenticato (doc., 1997), Giamaica (1998).
Marina Piperno (Rome, Italy, 1935) became a producer, making the documentary 16 ottobre 1943 (1961), and later founded REIAC Film. In 1966, she produced Il bianco e il nero and in 1967 she was awarded the Silver Ribbon for the medium-length Diario di bordo. During the Sixties, she collaborated with Rai on analyses, documentaries and fiction films. In 1982 she and Luigi Faccini founded MP srl.
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