Country: Italy
Year: 2014
Duration: 86'

The singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla seen through the eyes of the person closest to him in the last twenty years: Marco Alemanno. The tale of how they met and how he grew on a human, professional, and artistic level standing by Dalla’s side. And much more: daily and deeper aspects of his life, his love for Southern Italy, his passion for cinema, his relationship with music, his bulimic curiosity of launching himself into new artistic adventures, his mercurial energy and his boundless sense of humor. 


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Mario Sesti

Mario Sesti (Messina, Italy, 1958) is a film critic and a documentary filmmaker. He directed, among others, The Lost Ending (2003), La voce di Pasolini (2005, codirected with Matteo Cerami), and the recent La voce di Berlinguer (2013, made with Teho Teardo). He managed the project Cinema Forever from 1998 to 2000, working on restoring several masterpieces of Italian cinema. He collaborated for thirteen years with the magazine “L’Espresso,” and he published biographies on filmmakers likes Nanni Moretti and Pietro Germi. He also wrote some thorough analyses of new Italian cinema and police movies, winning the Diego Fabbri Award in 2008 for In quel film c’è un segreto (published by Feltrinelli). In 2012 he started directing the Taormina Film Festival and he is one of the founding members and curators of the Rome Film Festival.


L’ultima sequenza (doc., 2003), La voce di Pasolini (coregia Matteo Cerami, doc., 2005), Fiamme di Gadda. A spasso con l’ingegnere (doc., 2013), La voce di Berlinguer (coregia Teho Teardo, doc., 2013), Senza Lucio (doc., 2014); La voce di Fantozzi (doc., 2017), Cinecittà - I mestieri del cinema. Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling (doc., 2019), Mondo sexy (doc., 2019), Altri padri (2021).


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“It’s especially the inner story (what did Dalla thought of himself, of his talent, of his success?) and the more secluded moments (contemplating the world, his endless curiosity for other people, the distant pain from his childhood) that shed light on Lucio Dalla in a way that very few people had the chance to see before. Marco Alemanno’s tale brings back feelings we all know better than we think: we’ve all […] felt it, that feeling of loss when he passed away.”  


& Credits

Mario Sesti
Massimiliano De Carolis, Mario Sesti
Pablo Irrera
montaggio/film editing
Claudio D’Elia
Teho Teardo
Matteo Del Vecchio
Marco Alemanno, Charles Aznavour, Piera Degli Esposti, Paolo Nutini, John Turturro, Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, Enzo Bianchi, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Palladino, Ernesto Assante, Gino Castaldo, Renzo Arbore, Stefano Di Battista, Paola Pallottino, Michele Mondella, Beppe d’Onghia, Antonio Forcellino, Beppe Servillo, Toni Servillo, Paolo Tagliapietra
Erma Production
Mama Studio
Erma Production
Massimiliano De Carolis
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