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With Closed Eyes

A Feature film by Francesca Archibugi

Produced by Paradis Films

Release in France : 12/07/1995

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Actors (5)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

Paradis Films

Foreign production companies :

M.G. FILMS, IIF - Italian International Film, Cartel S.A.

French distribution :

Bac Films Distribution

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Sienna, at the beginning of the century, is a blend of medieval might and poverty. Pietro, thirteen, retruns to his father's magnificent country estate and is reunited with Ghisola, the caretakers' daughters. Their childhood friendship turns into love. They are found out after their first night together. Ghisola is sent away. Five years later, Pietro meets Ghisola by chance in Sienna. But Ghisola the woman is no longer quite the same. She isn't the pure and innocent creature that Pietro wants to think she is and he cannot imagine her in any other way.


"With Closed Eyes" is a novel that was destined for me (...). And yet as soon as I decided to adapt Federigo Tozzi's work, I had to tackle an insuperable problem. Tozzi writes in a sublime style that cannot be translate into another language. So I did something very unusual : I took a plot-line, that I followed quite faithfully, and the characters but I left aside the vision of the world that the novel gave as well as its expressive transposition. Did I have the right to do this ? In general, filmmakers do the opposite : alter the plot of the novel they are adapting so as not to betray its spirit. For me, it was necessary to enter into the author's vision, to understand it in order to provide a personal eading of it. I could never have followed to a vision that I do not share completely."
(Francesca Archibugi)

Full credits (12)

Executive Producer :

Léo Pescarolo

Screenwriter :

Francesca Archibugi

Sound Recordist :

Alessandro Zanon

Press Attaché (film) :

Laurence Granec

Production Designer :

Davide Bassan

Costume designer :

Paola Marchesin

Author of original work :

Federigo Tozzi

Director of Photography :

Giuseppe Lanci

Production Manager :

Claudio Gaeta

Editor :

Roberto Perpignani

Music Composer :

Battista Lena

French Distributor :

Jean Labadie

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Feature film

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Psychological drama

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Italy, Spain, France

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Majority French (Italy, Spain, France)

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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