Festival Ciné Junior : Édition 2012
By Luigi Comencini

Age 9+
Fiction / Italy / 1967 / 1h45 / color / VOSTF
Screenplay: Leo Benvenuti, Piero de Bernardi, Lucia Drudi Demby, Giuseppe Mangione and Luigi Comencini,
According to the novel of Florence Montgomery
Cinematographer: Armando Nannuzzi
Editing: Nino Baragli
Soundtrack: Fiorenzo Carpi
Cast: Stefano Colagrande, Simone Giannozzi, Anthony Quayle, John Sharp

Upon his wife’s death, Sir Duncom, British consul in Florence, places his two children in the care of a governess. He considers the attitude of his eldest son, ten-year-old Andrea, to be insensitive and irresponsible. But Andrea is deeply aggrieved by his father’s obvious preference for his little brother Milo. Andrea tries in vain to gain his father’s esteem through any means possible. His uncle Will attempts to open his brother’s eyes to the injustice of his behaviour towards Andrea. Only a dramatic event will cause the consul to become aware of his son’s love and solitude.

Luigi Comencini
One of the most famous directors of the seventies, Luigi Comencini (1916 – 2007) was particularly fascinated by the theme of childhood. But this eclectic author of more than fifty feature films, has also directed comedies and numerous satires of contemporary Italian society, including Lo scopone scientifico (1972) and L’ingorgo – Una storia impossibile (1979). In two of his most celebrated works he was able to depict the socio-political landscape of his country at key moments in its history: Tutti a casa (1960), a wartime drama set in 1943, and La Ragazza (1963), which is set in the immediate post-War era. He directed some of Italian cinema’s greatest actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Vittorio De Sica, Ugo Tognazzi, Alberto Sordi, Gina Lollobrigida and Claudia Cardinale.

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