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29 March 2017

LATINA/LITTORIA

original title:

LATINA/LITTORIA

cinematography:

production:

Fandango, Tele +, Les Film D'Ici (Paris), Hysteria film (Stoccolm)

country:

Italy/France

year:

2001

film run:

75'

format:

colour

release date:

15/03/2002

festival & awards:

The characters include a dirty-dealing 80-year-old mayor with a troubling Fascist past and a bloodthirsty middle-aged writer - also an ex-Fascist, who has now turned Marxist-Leninist and is ready to settle his accounts with history. There is a young leftist idealist, a city councilperson who is fighting real estate speculation. This is the portrait of Latina and its inhabitants. This province is certainly an anomaly, but is not so far from the present-day times that all of Italy is going through now.
"The worst ghosts of history haunt the world when we have nothing more to say, when nobody gets mad anymore, and when nobody pays his dues to the past. Someone has said that to have a clean conscience is to have a bad memory. In the face of all this arrogance, the only possible answer is to go back to being political, even with the weapon of film.
(Gianfranco Pannone)