EFP Cannes
21 July 2017

Days of Harvest (first feature)

Days of Harvest (I Giorni della vendemmia)

original title:

I GIORNI DELLA VENDEMMIA

directed by:

screenplay:

cinematography:

editing:

Marco Righi, Arianna Bardizza

set design:

Giorgia Mandriani

costume design:

Giorgia Mandriani

music:

Roberto Rabitti

production:

distribution:

country:

Italy

year:

2010

film run:

80'

format:

HD/35mm - colour

release date:

24/02/2012

festival & awards:

1984 was a very fertile year for the province of Reggio Emilia. Young Elia is working in the heat gathering ripe grapes and thinking about his future, which is still connected with a peaceful rural life that moves lazily to the rhythm of the summer weather. He doesn't even notice the quiet disputes of his parents anymore. His father, Claudio, is an avid supporter of Marxism, while his wife Maddalena is fully committed to Christ. In a short time Elia's life issues become true sorrows: the beautiful and experienced Emilia comes to their house and thus significantly disrupts his quiet contemplations about his own fate. Debuting director Marco Righi has shot a powerfully intimate story about growing up, showing not only the life experience of the "golden" Italian youth, but also how the historic feud between two powerful trends in Italian politics affects them. The formal style of the film also pays homage to classic Italian film.