by Tonino De Bernardi
Country: Italy
Year: 2019
Duration: 116'

The film is a rendition of Resurrection, Tolstoy’s last novel. It begins with a reading of the beginning of the first part in Naples, in September 2012. It moves on to Berlin, Locarno 2013, Oneglia, Paris, Casalborgone, and it ends in Milan with the beginning of the second part. The places and times change, and so do the people doing the reading. But also, in the middle, real people and voices surface, like Adamo Vergine at his home and Jean François Neplaz in Marseilles. The film searches for the possible faces of Tolstoy’s two protagonists in Oneglia, Procida, and Casalborgone.


film director

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)


film director

“A labyrinthine movie through places, times, and voices, made over the course of the years, starting in 2012 (but perhaps a bit earlier) using a mini DV camera. Thus, it is in the sign of change, from the past to the present (even regarding Tolstoy), from one place to another, and the same thing happens with the people. Then Salvatore Cantalupo, a Neapolitan actor I filmed in his city in 2012. Thus, the changes people undergo over the years are also recorded. And this is the power and the magic of film”.


& Credits

tonino de bernardi
Italia/Italy, 2019, 116’, col.


regia, sceneggiatura, fotografia/director, screenplay, cinematography
Tonino De Bernardi
da Resurrezione di/from Resurrection by Lev Tolstoj
montaggio/film editing
Maicol Casale
Joana Preiss, Giovanna Giuliani, Tommaso Ragno, Josie Antello, Alessandra dell’Atti, Enrico Ghezzi, Marina Senckel, Salvatore Cantalupo, Riccardo Muti, Veruchka, Elena Bucci, Marco Sgrosso, Matteo Salvadori, Joana de Verona, Miguel Nunes, Adamo Vergine, Marlena Bonezzi, Diego Furlan, Willy, Jean François Neplaz, Sandra Ammendola, Gabriel Domenech Gonzalez
Lontane Province Film

Tonino De Bernardi