Scherza con i fanti

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    Scherza con i fanti

    Directed by

    • Gianfranco Pannone, Ambrogio Sparagna

    Italy

    2019

    72 min

    • Italian

    Documentary

    Scope Expanded - Visions

    A tragicomic tour of Italy's recent history, and at the same time, a song of peace, the film is a backward glance that takes in over a hundred years, from the Unification of Italy to the present, to illustrate the rocky and often ironic relationship Italians have with the military and power in general. The film combines invaluable stock footage from the Istituto Luce Archives with marvelous folk songs and four diaries kept by: a soldier for the Kingdom of Italy in the 1800s, a fighter in Ethiopia in 1935, a female resistance fighter during World War II, and a sergeant in the Italian Navy in the Kosovo. The result is private stories and the collective memory of a people who, with two millennia of war under their belt, should have a few tips about world peace.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Voices: Alice Girodini
    Roberto Abbati
    Clemente Pernarella
    Screenplay
    Gianfranco Pannone
    Ambrogio Sparagna
    Cinematography
    Niccolò Palomba
    Editing
    Angelo Musciagna
    Music
    Ambrogio Sparagna

    Director's Statement

    Folk songs and war diaries used to show, humorously at times, the strained relationship between the Italian people, the military, and power at large: this is what we set out to do, with the larger picture of a universal hymn to peace ever in our sights. We believe that Italy's tortured and often bloody history, over the course of two thousand years, could well serve as a warning for one and all, if you think of the complex conflicts playing out in our own particularly trying times.

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    Production
    ANDIAMO AVANTI PRODUCTIONS
    Production
    ISTITUTO LUCE CINECITTA SRL.
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    Gianfranco Pannone

    Gianfranco Pannone

    Italy

    Gianfranco Pannone was born in Naples in 1963. He has a degree in History of Cinema, and a diploma in film direction from the Experimental Centre of Cinematography. Between 1995 and 1999, he directed and co-produced the documentary films SMALL AMERICA [Piccola America], LETTERS FROM AMERICA [Lettere dall'America] and AMERICA IN ROME [L’America a Roma], that together create the 'The Trilogy of America' [Trilogia dell’America]; and following LATINA/LITTORIA (2001), for which he received the acknowledgement for the Best Non Fiction Work, at the Torino Film Festival in 2001. His medium-length films include: TOMATOES [Pomodori] in 1999, SERENE WORKING WOMAN [Sirena Operaia] 2000, VENICE, THE STINKING CITY [Venezia, la citta che affonda] in 2002, co-directed with Marco Visalberghi, ROCKS, MIRACLES AND OIL [Pietre, Miracoli e Petrolio] in 2004.
    In 2004 he made his debut film in fiction, which has still not been published: I, WHO LOVE ONLY YOU [Io che amo solo te]. In 2006, he made another documentary film ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF OUR HISTORY [Cent’anni della nostra storia] in co-direction with Marco Puccioni, realized at the occasion of the Cgil centenary, and directed IL SOL DELL'AVVENIRE in 2008. Pannone has teached documentary direction at the Dams, University of Rome 3, at the Zelig School of Bolzano, at the new school of documentary at the City of Science in Naples and at the Experimental Centre of Cinematography in Rome. Partner and founder of Doc/IT, he has written some essays on the relation between cinema and reality, and runs the Docbox column on the online review 'Il documentario.it'. His latest film SCHERZA CON I FANTI (2019), co-directed with Ambrogio Sparagna, was selected for the Giornate degli Autori.

    Selected Filmography

    Ambrogio Sparagna

    Ambrogio Sparagna

    Italy

    A musician and ethnomusicologist, as a concert performer Ambrogio Sparagna toured extensively starting in the early 1980s, releasing over twenty albums. From 2004 to 2006 he was the Music Director of the Festival of the Night of the Taranta, and in 2007 he founded the Orchestra Popolare Italiana at Rome's Auditorium Parco della Musica. During his residency at the Parco della Musica, Sparagna has composed roughly fifty original productions that have toured to widespread critical and audience acclaim. He co-directed SCHERZA CON I FANTI (2019) with Gianfranco Pannone, selected for the Giornate degli Autori.