BRUSTULEIN “In Bolognese dialect, ‘brustulein’ are the pumpkin seeds which people
When cinema was just getting its start, the movie houses were full
of the sound of pumpkin seeds being eaten, that “brustulein” which
was an fundamental part of watching films. Today, the memories of
many of people who were young back then take us back to an era
when cinema was just getting a foothold in Italian cities. The story
of Bologna, from the postwar period to today, is also made of stories
of its cinemas.
used to munch on at the movies many years ago. But they are also
the people we interviewed in every corner of the city of Bologna for
three years. They are the first spectators of the films which, for the
first time, appeared ‘on the white-washed walls of the houses.’
We decided to use this format to reconstruct the habits and the profiles
of these young people who crowded the movie theaters sixty years ago,
full of life and ready to start all over again.”
“In Bolognese dialect, ‘brustulein’ are the pumpkin seeds which people
Davide Rizzo (Galatina, Lecce, Italy, 1979) graduated in modern arts and letters and since 2000 has lived in Bologna, where he founded the production company Elenfant Film. From 2000 to today he has received numerous awards and recognitions for his activity as a director and writer, including the 2009 Pescara Corto Script Award for Best Screenplay. He is presently working on his first feature documentary.
Nessuno si presenta (cm, 2001), Our Faces - Dentro a un carcere minorile (cm, doc., 2004), Il settimo giorno l’abbaglio (cm, 2005), Death and Love in Porto Corsini (mm, 2006), Io sto bene (cm, 2007), Hop Frog (cm, 2008), Brustulein (cm, doc., 2009).
Pierluigi De Donno,