Title: DIARIES OF THE 1900’S

Genre: Docufiction - format
lenght: a collection of 3o documentaries (interviews)
country of origin: italy
year of production: 2008
Format: Betacam SP Pal / 30 x 4; 75 / v.o. it., Sott. english

director:
Stefano Grossi

Subject and screenplay:
Stefano Grossi

With partecipation of:
Stefano Abbati; Oreste Baldini; Giuseppe Battiston; Giorgio Colangeli; Giordano De Plano; Elio Germano; Paolo Giovannucci; Sabrina Impacciatore; Tatiana Lepore; Cinzia Mascoli; Ignazio Oliva; Patrizia Piccinini; Rolando Ravello; Gianmarco Tognazzi; Giselda Volodi.

Archives:
Istituto Luce AAMOD (Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio)

Music:
Francesco De Luca, Alessandro Forti

photography:
Tommaso Galli

editing:
Mattia Soranzo

executive production:
stefano grossi

Production:
vostok film - Felix Film

sales:
CP MEDIA LTD (ex urss)
B4 CAPITAL S.A. (albania/kosovo)
FASTWEB (Video on demand - italia)
Cinema ANTEO Milano (italia)

International distribution:
Rai Trade


Synopsis


DIARIES OF THE 1900’S is a multimedial project in 30 episodes, average length 3’, in digital format integrated with repertory inserts of 16 and 35 mm. film.

The central idea is to portray some important events of the century that has just ended with a few representative sketches, through the impression that these events left on the lives of people who were witnesses and sometimes protagonists: men and women, young and old, Italians and foreigners, people well-known and less well-known; people who, in any case, thought it was important to leave their reflections to the collective memory on the pages of their diaries.

Diaries, glosses, notes and comments in the margin: these private and personal writings, linked, therefore, with crucial moments, public and private triumphs and failures, can convey a powerful and sometimes unexpected view of the events and the individuals that experienced them. At the same time they may transcend the time, the place and the occasion which provoked them and even even turn out to be useful, by association or contrast, applied to problematic themes and episodes of today.

The objective of the project is, in fact, not merely to provide the texts with simple illustrations, but to convey on screen their tone, their spirit and their hidden meanings, which are still valid. For this purpose we use repertory images drawn from public and private cinematographic archives, after a careful procedure of selection and montage, and we borrow the language of music to accompany or to counterpoint them.

The modern version of the diary medium, in the world of permanent communication on the web, is the blog. Consequently, the texts from the selected diaries are read by fifteen characters (ten actors and five actresses), each capable of re-evoking their own protagonist with the maximum economy of expression; that is to say, with nothing more than their own voice and their own face, framed by a video window controlled by a high resolution webcam.

DIARIES OF THE 1900’S
30 CHARACTERS

1. Alda Merini
2. Toni Maraini
3. Manlio Brosio
4. Carlo Emilio Gadda
5. Sibilla Aleramo
6. Zino Zini
7. Clemente Rebora
8. Rodolfo Sonego
9. Flavio Nicolini
10. Vittorio De Seta
11. Layla 9873
12. Fatos Lubonja
13. Manuela Dviri
14. Judith Malina
15. Virginia Woolf
16. Ernesto Che Guevara
17. Mira Markovic
18. Catherine Robbe-Grillet
19. Eva Braun
20. Graham Greene
21. Kurt Kobain
22. Theodor Morell
23. Mihàly Samson
24. Eiichi Okabe
25. Lev Tolstoj
26. Arthur Schnitzler
27. Arnold Schoenberg
28. Nikolaj Romanov
29. Andrej Tarkovskij
30. Franz Kafka

PERFORMERS

1. PAOLO GIOVANNUCCI (Rodolfo Sonego, Arnold Schoenberg)
2. GIUSEPPE BATTISTON (Carlo Emilio Gadda, Lev Tolstoj)
3. ROLANDO RAVELLO (Andrej Tarkowskij, Clemente Rebora)
4. GIORGIO COLANGELI (Manlio Brosio, Graham Greene)
5. GIORDANO DE PLANO (Fatos Lubonja, Ernesto Che Guevara)
6. IGNAZIO OLIVA (Eiichi Okabe, Flavio Nicolini)
7. STEFANO ABBATI (Franz Kafka, Theodor Morell)
8. ORESTE BALDINI (Arthur Schnitzler, Zino Zini)
9. ELIO GERMANO (Kurt Cobain, Mihàly Samson)
10. GIANMARCO TOGNAZZI (Nikolaj Romanov, Vittorio De Seta)
11. PATRIZIA PICCININI (Alda Merini, Manuela Dviri)
12. GISELDA VOLODI (Virginia Woolf, Toni Maraini)
13. CINZIA MASCOLI (Eva Braun, Catherine Robbe-Grillet)
14. TATIANA LEPORE (Judith Malina, Mira Markovic)
15. SABRINA IMPACCIATORE (Sibilla Aleramo, Layla 9873)


Festival:


3° Roma Fiction Fest
Rome, 6 - 11 july 2009 - Cinema Adriano

10° RIFF – Rome Independent Film Festival
Rome, 18 - 24 march 2011 – Nuovo Cinema Aquila


public screenings:

FASTWEB - VOD (Video On Demand) Italy's premiere
1 may 2010 – 30 april 2011

anteo spazio cinema
Milan, 15 november 2011 - 14 february 2012 - cinema anteo
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program        press kit

Contest
Rome, 30 january - 21 may 2012 - nuovo cinema aquila
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press kit


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