Sweet Dreams

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    Sweet Dreams

    Fai Bei Sogni

    Directed by

    Italy, France

    2016

    131 min

    • French
    • Italian

    Drama

    Karlovy Vary IFFToronto IFF

    Turin, 1969. Nine-year-old Massimo’s idyllic childhood is shattered by the mysterious death of his mother. The young boy refuses to accept this brutal loss, even if the priest says she is now in Heaven. Years later in the 90s, adult Massimo has become an accomplished journalist. After reporting on the war in Sarajevo, he begins to suffer from panic attacks. As he prepares to sell his parents’ apartment, Massimo is forced to relive his traumatic past. Compassionate doctor Elisa could help tormented Massimo open up and confront his childhood wounds.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Barbara Ronchi
    Bérénice Bejo
    Dario Dal Pero
    Guido Caprino
    Nicolò Cabras
    Valerio Mastandrea
    Screenplay
    Valia Santella
    Edoardo Albinati
    Marco Bellocchio
    Cinematography
    Daniele Ciprì
    Editing
    Francesca Calvelli
    Music
    Carlo Crivelli
    Sales
    THE MATCH FACTORY
    Production
    IBC MOVIE
    Production
    KAVAC FILM
    Production
    RAI CINEMA
    Marco Bellocchio

    Marco Bellocchio

    Italy

    In my works, I always try to be faithful to history.

    Marco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1939. In 1959, he suspended his studies in philosophy at the Catholic University in Milan to enroll at the Experimental Center for Cinematography in Rome. In 1961-62 he made the short films ABBASSO LO ZIO, LA COLPA E LA PENA and GINEPRO FATTO UOMO. He then transferred to London, where he attended the Slade School of Fine Arts. His feature-length debut, FISTS IN THE POCKET, was presented at Locarno in 1965 and attracted international attention. In 2011 he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival. His 2015 feature BLOOD OF MY BLOOD won the FIPRESCI Award at Venice IFF. In 2016, he was in Cannes at the Director's Fortnight with SWEET DREAMS and back in 2018 with THE FIGHT.

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