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Bella ciao

A Feature film by Stéphane Giusti

Produced by Elzévir Films

Release in France : 18/07/2001

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Elzévir Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

FTD International Cinéma

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France 3 Cinéma

French distribution :

SND Groupe M6

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Orféo is a Communist, as is Nella. But, more than anything else, Orféo and Nella are madly in love with each other. They are forced, along with their two children Oreste and Bianca, to escape Fascist Italy. They dream of America but it’s the skyline of Marseilles, not Manhattan, that welcomes them to their new life. They start from zero, scraping together a living. Orféo is willing to get used to it, so long as Nella is happy… But happy she’s not: her newly-born child has recently died, she’s poor, she’s tired of providing a miserable life for her children, she no longer believes in a rosy future… And she has started seeing an old comrade, Achille, who was once her lover. Achille has taken the Fascists’ side and is now Orféo’s foreman. Orféo relentlessly challenges him. War breaks out, leaving bloody tracks and irreconcilable grief in its wake. Oreste is forced to become the head of the family, torn between his desire to integrate and the dream of a mythical Italy fostered in him by his father. Then Oreste meets Soledad, and it’s his turn to fall madly in love.


Full credits (14)

Executive Producers :

Marie Masmonteil, Denis Carot

Director of Photography :

Jacques Bouquin

Assistant Operator :

Marie Sorribas

Press Attaché (film) :

André-Paul Ricci

Sound editor :

Corinne Rozenberg

Production Designer :

Gérald Fauritte

Costume designer :

Catherine Rigault

Screenwriters :

Stéphane Giusti, Raphaëlle Valbrune-Desplechin

Sound Recordist :

Ludovic Hénault

Production Manager :

Hervé Duhamel

Editor :

Catherine Schwartz

Continuity supervisor :

Cathy Tomasi

Music Composer :

Lazare Boghossian

Post-production supervisor :

Alice Guien

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 43 min

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Cannes Film Market - 2001

Cannes Film Market (France, 2001)