La notte di San Lorenzo


The film that captivated more than 8,000 people on an unforgettable evening in Locarno's Piazza Grande with its cinematic magic and message of peace. In the summer of 1944, a group of residents from their home village of San Miniato in Tuscany secretly sneaked out to meet the American liberators. According to instructions, those who remain behind seek shelter in the church and fall victim to a retaliatory strike by the Germans.

The refugees live through all stages of hope and despair along the way in the Tuscan landscape and are confronted with Italian fascists in a legendary sequence. La notte di San Lorenzo is in itself a historical film in the sense that it tells of a bygone era. Through the fairytale-like-mythical and melodramatic exaggerations, the Tavianis make the story stand out from the merely historical and allow the film through the wonderful figure of the girl to acquire universal expressiveness. This is a peace film of elementary sensuality and power.

Original Title La notte di San Lorenzo
German Title Die Nacht von San Lorenzo - Nacht des San Lorenzo
French Title La nuit de San Lorenzo - Night of th Shooting Stars
Other Titles La notte di San Lorenzo
Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Country Italy
Available Formats 35mm, DVD, DCP
Screenplay Paolo und Vittorio Taviani, Giuliani G. De Negri, Tonino Guerra
Film Editing Roberto Perpignani
Soundtrack Nicola Piovani
Cinematography Franco Di Giacomo
Sound Fausto Ancillai
Décors Gianni Sbarra
Costumes Lina Nerli Taviani
Production Giuliani G. De Negri
Runtime 108 Min.
Language Italienisch/d/f
Omero Antonutti Galvano
Margarita Lozano Concetta
Claudio Bigagli Corrado
Miriam Guidelli Belindia
Massimo Bonetti Nicola
Enrica Maria Modugno Mara
Sabina Vannucchi Rosanna
Giorgio Naddi Bishop
Renata Zamengo La Scardigli
Micol Guidelli Cecilia

Cannes Grand Prix du jury, Prix du jury oecumenique

Donatello Awards: Best Camera, best film, best director, best editing

Boston Society of Film Critics Award

BSFC Award, won Best director category and Best film

French Syndicate of Cinema critics, Best foreign film

Italian Syndicate of Film journalists, silver ribbon best director, best screenplay

«C'est peut-être cet imaginaire collectif-là qui a fait d'eux des frères filmants. Vers la fin il y a une scène très impressionnante, quand les villageois rencontrent les fascistes. À travers les épis hauts d'un champ, il y a entre-extermination. À la fois tuerie froide (moderne) et combats singuliers. Ils se connaissent, ils sont voisins, et cette guerre (mondiale) leur fournit une occasion de donner libre cours à une violence plus ancienne, archaïque elle aussi, celle de la guerre de Troie, celle des guerres mythologiques.» Serge Daney

«Die Geschichte der Ereignisse von San Martino ist wahr. Paolo und Vittorio Taviani haben sie im Knabenalter selbst erlebt. Doch die Filmemacher, die ihre Werke wie ‹Zwillingskünstler› stets in Gemeinschaftsarbeit schaffen, verfremden ihre Erlebnisse bewusst zur Ballade. Sie sehen sie mit den Augen des sechsjährigen Mädchens. Ihre im Grunde autobiografische Kriegsgeschichte wollten sie ‹ohne das nostalgische Moment des Nachtrauerns erzählen – den Realismus durch Phantasie brechen›. In ihrem Film wird der Krieg zur grossen, opernhaften Volkslegende, poetisch, pathetisch und ergreifend. Das kollektive Unbewusste hat die Schrecken von damals verwandelt.» Fernsehen DRS, 1987


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