The last battle of the Alps

original title:

L'ULTIMA BATTAGLIA DELLE ALPI

cast:

Gil Emprin, Marco Boglione, Jean-Louis Panicacci, Camillo Rovetta, Sylvain Chinal, Roberto Cravero, Aristide Galliani, Eugenio Rossi, Orazio Beltramo, Angelo Cavallera

cinematography:

editing:

Marzio Mirabella, Dagmar Thomann

production:

La Sarraz Pictures, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, with the support of Regione Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund, Regione Autonoma Valle d’Aosta, Mairie de Seez (France), Film Commission Torino Piemonte, Genova-Liguria Film Commission

country:

Italy

year:

2015

film run:

54'

format:

colour

status:

Ready (01/02/2010)

festivals & awards:

  • Trento Film Festival 2010: Best TV Docu
  • Cervino CineMountain Festival 2010: Best Film set on Alps
  • Valsusa FilmFest 2010: Concorso Doc - Special Mention
  • Settimana del Documentario di Bardonecchia 2010: Audience Award

In the days of the Liberation, the Western Alps witnessed one last attack that shattered Italy’s newfound peace. In the chaos of spring 1945, the French army attacked Italy in the Alps intent on annexing Valle d’Aosta. De Gaulle’s secret plan, however, galvanised the ideals of Italy’s fighters; partisans and republicans fought side by side against the invader in a battle that lasted beyond the end of the war. Told from the combatants’ perspective, this film reconstructs the dramatic, extraordinary events that took place on that rocky, snowy front. Holed up inside ice-bunkers, troops on both sides learnt how to fight a difficult war where the most dangerous enemy was the mountain.