Producers on the Move
16 July 2018

Menocchio (second feature)

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Menocchio

Menocchio

Menocchio

original title:

MENOCCHIO

directed by:

cast:

Marcello Martini, Maurizio Fanin, Carlo Baldracchi, Nilla Patrizio, Emanuele Bertossi, Agnese Fior, Mirko Artuso, Giuseppe Scarfì, David Wilkinson, Roberto Dellai, Gino Segatti

cinematography:

set design:

costume design:

music:

Paolo Forte

production:

Nefertiti Film, Rai Cinema, Hai-Hui Entertainment, supported by MiBACT, with the support of l’Audiovisivo del Friuli Venezia Giulia, CNC ‐ Centrul National al Cinematografiei, Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission, Trentino Film Commission

country:

Italy/Romania

year:

2018

film run:

103'

format:

DCP - colour

aspect ratio:

1:2.35

status:

Ready (11/07/2018)

festivals & awards:

Italy. Late 1500s, counter-reformation – the genesis of the battle between the power of the Church of Rome and the local authorities. The battlefield is the conscience of the faithful and the instrument is confession. The objective: total control over the soul, more so even than the body. Nothing, absolutely nothing must escape the ears of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, not even heresy pronounced by a miller in a little village in the middle of nowhere in the north of Friuli at the foot of the, ironically named, “Spy Mountain”. Arrested, tried and sentenced to life in prison for having thought and said things like “loving one’s neighbor is a more important dictate than loving God,” Menocchio withstands his trial without betraying anybody. He survives two years in prison and is released seriously ill, but he heals, works, fights, loves, suffers and lives… until Pope Clemente VIII himself orders him arrested again, and executed.