Vangelo

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    Vangelo

    Directed by

    Italy, Switzerland, Belgium

    2016

    85 min

    • Italian

    Fiction

    Venice Days - Special Events

    Pippo is a stage director who visits a refugee center to see how the refugees spend their days, in a sort of limbo made up of painful memories and fears for the future. Little by little, the refugees open their hearts to the director and tell him their stories, some of which will be in this film, others staying secret. In the end, the idea of staging the Gospel takes shape, as incarnated in these individuals, who inevitably find themselves key players in a new age.

    Awards

    • Open Award - Venice IFF
    • Special Docufilm Award for Directing - Nastri d'Argento Awards

    Credits

    Cast
    Pippo Delbono
    Safi Zakria
    Nosa Ugiagbe
    Petra Magoni
    Pepe Robledo
    Ilaria Fantin
    Bobò Robledo
    Screenplay
    Pippo Delbono
    Cinematography
    Fabrice Aragno
    Pippo Delbono
    Editing
    Fabrice Aragno
    Music
    Piero Corso
    Antoine Bataille Enzo Avitabile
    Petra Magoni Ilaria Fantin

    Director's Statement

    I entered a refugee camp, my guard down, my mind confused, without really knowing why I was there. Certainly, I wanted to escape from my theater milieu, so removed from the real world, so dead; to fill a personal void and find something that was alive. And I met people who bore the scars of serious wounds and epic struggles, but also the mark of an enormous vitality. I found something in them that has to do, I believe, with truth, beauty, art and faith. And maybe that Gospel my mother set such store by.

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    Pippo Delbono

    Pippo Delbono

    Italy

    There is the desire of others, the need of others, the desire to tell a story through a form of cinema that aims not to document reality but to see it become dream, poetry.

    Pippo Delbono (Varazze, 1959) started studying drama in the 1980s in a traditional school that he would leave after meeting Pepe Robledo. The two moved to Denmark and joined the Farfa Group directed by the actress Iben Nagel Rasmussen, a mainstay of the Odin Teatret. In 1987 Delbono staged his first play, Il tempo degli assassini. That year, he also met Pina Bausch, who invited him to take part in a show staged by her Tanztheater Wuppertal. In 1997, he staged Barboni, which earned him a Special Ubu Prize; it was centered around an illiterate deaf-mute named Bobò, whom Delbono had met at a workshop in the mental hospital in Aversa, where the former had been confined for fortyfive years. After Guerra, Esodo, Il silenzio and Gente di plastica (which won the Olympic Prize for theatrical innovation), in 2003 the Pippo Delbono Theater Troupe took its show Guerra on tour to Palestine and Israel. This led to the making of a film with the same name, marking Delbono’s filmmaking debut; it would win the David di Donatello for best documentary in 2004. Delbono won another Olympic Prize for Theatrical Innovation for his play Urlo (2004), and in 2006 he launched his second feature film, GRIDO, at the Rome Film Festival. Three years later he made his film LA PAURA, shot entirely using a cellphone; it was selected for the Locarno Festival. In 2009 he also presented his short film BLUE SOFA, which he co-wrote with Lara Fremder and Giuseppe Baresi; it received the Grand Prix at the Clermont Ferrand Festival. In Wroclaw, Delbono was awarded the prestigious Europe Prize for New Theatrical Realities. In 2011, he won the Ubu Prize for Best Performance for his Dopo la battaglia. That same year he directed the film AMORE CARNE, featured in the Horizons section of the Venice Film Festival. Delbono returned to Locarno with another documentary, SANGUE, which was awarded its Don Quixote Prize. In 2015, he made the short LA VISITE (Grand Prix at Lyon’s Doc en Courts).

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