Portraits of women, stories from their past and their present as prostitutes working between Italy and France (and Brazil). Women who used to think they were lost, and men just as lost as them.
Tonino De Bernardi
Tonino De Bernardi (Chivasso, Turin, Italy, 1937) was an underground filmmaker from 1967 to 1983. He shot his first “official” feature in 1987: the film Elettra (based on Sophocles’ tragedy), produced by RAI3, involved the participation of non-professional actors from Casalborgone, where he worked as a middle school teacher until 1992. Viaggio a Sodoma (1988) was the co-winner, with Jean-Luc Godard’s film, of the World Wide Video Festival in Den Hag. He participated at the Venice Film Festival in competition with Appassionate (1999), and in Orizzonti with Médée miracle (2007), starring Isabelle Huppert. A restless filmmaker overflowing with projects, he makes at least a film a year. In 2018, together with his wife Mariella, he’s also protagonist of Teresa Villaverde’s O termómetro de Galileu, presented at TFF, in Onde section.
filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
Dei (1968-1969), Il quadrato (1971-1972), Il rapporto coniugal parentale (1973-1976), L’io e le aggregazioni (1977-1979), Donne (1980-1982), Piccoli orrori (1994), Fiori del destino (1997), Appassionate (1999), Rosatigre (2000), La strada nel bosco (2001), Farelavita (2001), Lei (2002), Le cinéma dans tous ses états (ep. Terra, cm, 2002), Serva e padrona (2003), Latitudini (2003), Marlene de Sousa (2004), Passato presente (2005), Accoltellati (Accoltellatori) (2006), Médée miracle (2007), Pane/Piazza delle camelie (2008), Butterfly - L’attesa (2010), Ed è così. Circa. Più o meno (2011), Casa dolce casa (2012), Hotel de l’Univers (2013), Jour et nuit - Delle donne e degli uomini perduti (2014), Il sogno dell’India - Quarant’anni dopo (2015), Ifigenia in Aulide (2018) Resurrezione (2019)
“It’s a movie with many titles. The first could be Come battersi (‘how to fight’), from an essay-poem by Leonetti, brought to me by Lou Castel […], whom I tried to answer in the ending. The second, Caravaggio di strada (‘street Caravaggio’), to which I owe the beginning thanks to those who filmed it for me. Then to Hellas mon amour, with echoes of Duras and Resnais: the heart of Greece and the soul of a civilization that created and nurtured us, and that continues to do so today despite the financial default […]. And also Le voci dei libri (every book has many voices), because I would keep on buying books, living surrounded and lost among them. Or Voci di persone (‘people’s voices’), here and there, like brush strokes in a fresco or the tiles of a mosaic. And Doppio suicidio (‘double suicide’), a film by the great Pia Epremian De Silvestris about of Paul Lafargue (author of The Right to Be Lazy) and his wife Laura Marx (Karl’s daughter), and their decision to commit suicide together […]. And, lastly, Potrei scoppiare (‘I could burst’): and that’s why I need to make movies.”
Tonino De Bernardi
Joana Preiss, Donatello Fumarola
Lou Castel, Joana Preiss, Joana Curvo, Claudia Marelli, Caterina Barone, Fulvio Baglivi, Donatello Fumarola, Lahcen Ragouzi, Marie Vic Debré, Rémy Héritier
Tonino De Bernardi, Mariella Navale
Lontane Province Film