Festival Ciné Junior : Édition 2012
By Luigi Comencini

Age 7+
Fiction / Italy - France / 1987 / 1h46 / color / VOSTF and VF
Screenplay : Luigi Comencini, Francesca Comencini, Ugo Pirro and Demetrio Casile
Cinematographer : Franco di Giacomo
Editing : Nino Baragli
Soundtrack : Antonio Vivaldi
Cast : Santo Polimeno, Gian Maria Volonte, Diego Abatantuono, Thérèse Liotard

In a small village in Calabria in the sixties, Mimi, a young teenager, thinks of only one thing : running, barefoot, across the countryside. He runs for pleasure. He attracts the attention of an old bus driver, Felice, who takes him under his wing, despite the objections raised by Mimi’s father, who wants his son to study in order to have a different life from his own. Great admirer of the ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, Mimi trains for the upcoming Youth Games in Rome.

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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