Once More Unto the Breach

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    Once More Unto the Breach

    Il Varco

    Directed by

    • Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini

    Italy

    2019

    70 min

    • Italian

    Drama

    An Italian soldier, born to a Russian mother, is called to the Eastern Front. As a speaker of Russian, he is one of the few Italian soldiers who can communicate with enemy prisoners and the local population. The horrors of war and the ghosts of a hostile land encroach upon him and it is clear that an “easy” victory was just an illusion. In a last desperate attempt to escape his fate, he decides to desert. Like thousands of other fellow soldiers, his body will disappear in the frost of Ukrainian winter. Seventy years later, those same places are again the scene of war, destruction and death.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Federico Ferrone
    Michele Manzolini
    Wu ming 2
    Cinematography
    Andrea Vaccari
    Editing
    Maria Fantastica Valmori
    Music
    Simonluca Laitempergher
    Production
    ISTITUTO LUCE CINECITTA SRL.
    Production
    KINE
    Sales
    SLINGSHOT FILMS
    Federico Ferrone

    Federico Ferrone

    Italy

    Federico Ferrone (1981) studied History at the University of Bologna and Political Science in Paris. As an assistant director he was involved in the TV documentary series HISTOIRES EN MEDITERANNEE (2005) produced in Tunisia.
    He co-directed the awardwinning documentaries BANLIYO- BANLIEUE (2004), MERICA (2007) and THE ENEMY WITHIN (2009). His film THE TRAIN TO MOSCOW (2013) was selected, among others, in the main competition at the Torino Film Festival and the documentary competition of Karlovy Vary IFF.

    He also co-produced the film ANITA by Luca Magi (2012), selected at the Torino Film Festival and Doclisboa.In 2011 he has been awarded by UNESCO the title of “Young Artist for Intercultural Dialogue between Arab and Western Worlds” for his films on immigration, suburbs and the contribution of immigrant communities to a country’s culture. His latest film ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH (2019), co-directed with Michele Manzolini, was selected in the Sconfini section at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

    Selected Filmography

    Michele Manzolini

    Michele Manzolini

    Italy

    Michele Manzolini (b. 1980, Sondrio, Italy) studied semiotics at the University of Bologna and continued his college education in Minho, Portugal, and in Rio de Janeiro. He joined Francesco Ragazzi and Federico Ferrone to direct the documentary MERICA (2007), while he solo directed the TV doc THE ENEMY WITHIN (2008), then teamed up with Ferrone once again for THE TRAIN TO MOSCOW: A JOURNEY TO UTOPIA (2013). Their joint feature ONCE MORE UPON THE BREACH (2019) was selected in the Sconfini section at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.