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GIFFONI FILM FESTIVAL 1978 - 29 July.6 August

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Category: Edition 1978

The true story of the life of Gavino Ledda, the son of a Sardinian shepherd, and how he managed to escape his harsh, almost barbaric existence by slowly educating himself, despite violent opposition from his brutal father.

Original Title PADRE PADRONE
Category Out of competition
Section Review "Youth Problems in Contemporary World"
Tipology Feature Film
Duration 114'
Production Year 1977
Nationality Italy
Directed by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Screenplay Paolo Taviani
Main cast Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi, Marcella Michelangeli

 regista paolo e vittorio tavianiPAOLO E VITTORIO TAVIANI

Paolo (San Miniato, 8 November 1931) and Vittorio Taviani (San Miniato, 20 September 1929) are two Italian directors and screenwriters.
Film lovers since their youth, were among the animators of the Cineclub of Pisa. They have a younger brother named Franco Brogi Taviani, aka Brogi. Moving to Rome in the mid-fifties, they began working in the cinema and directed some documentaries including San Miniato July '44, with a contribution to the screenplay by Cesare Zavattini. In 1960, together with Joris Ivens, they directed the documentary Italy is not a poor country, while with Valentino Orsini they signed the films Un uomo da bruciare (1962) and Il fuorilegge del matrimonio (1963). Their first independent film was I subversivi (1967), with which they anticipated the events of '68. With Gian Maria Volonté they achieved great success with Sotto il segno del scorpione (1969) in which the echoes of Brecht, Pasolini and Godard are perceived.
The theme of the revolution is then present both in San Michele had a rooster (1972), adaptation of the story of Tolstoy The Divine and the Human, a film much appreciated by critics, and in the film on the restoration Allonsanfàn (1974) where the melodrama is re-read viscounted through the lens of a different historical consciousness. Protagonist Mastroianni, surrounded by Laura Betti and Lea Massari. The following master father (1977, Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival), based on the novel by Gavino Ledda, tells the struggle of a Sardinian shepherd against the fierce rules of his patriarchal universe.