Il treno va a Mosca
Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini, Francesco Ragazzi
Andrea Vaccari, Marcello Dapporto, Enzo Pasi, Luigi Pattuelli, Sauro Ravaglia
Kiné, Apapaja, Home Movies - Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, Vezfilm, Centro Culturale San Fedele di Milano, with the support of Fondazione Cariplo Media Program- European Union Documentaristi Emilia-Romagna (D.E.-R.)
8mm/HD - colour & b/w
festivals & awards:
1957. In Alfonsine, one of the many towns in Romagna that was destroyed by the war, the communist barber Sauro Ravaglia and his friends dream of the Soviet Union, the only place where their ideals of peace, brotherhood and equality have come true. When they get the chance to visit Moscow during the World Festival of Youth and Students, the group of friends depart: their expectations are high and they want to bring home as many images as possible of what will be the best trip of their life.
“To Sauro, utopia wasn’t only a political idea but a virtually tangible prospect. To us, who grew up in a time when people don’t dream of an ideal society anymore, making a movie like this was an attempt to bring back that dream of utopia we have always pretended to ignore. Even if a bit of nostalgia inevitably comes through, we didn’t want to make a nostalgic movie. The fact that, still today, Sauro is traveling the world over is proof that maybe utopia isn’t a feasible objective, but a life-long search.”