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I Prefer the Sound of Sea

I Prefer the Sound of Sea

A Feature film by Mimmo Calopresti

Release in France : 17/05/2000


    While on a visit to his native seaside region in southern Italy, wealthy Turin businessman Luigi is moved by the recent tragedy of a distant relative. Teenaged Rosario's mother has been murdered and his father is in prison. Through the good intentions of Luigi, Rosario is unenthusiastically brought north to Turin in a home for troubled teens run by charismatic priest Don Lorenzo. When Luigi awkwardly pushes Rosario onto his sullen teenaged son Matteo, a friendship between the boys reluctantly, but poignantly, takes shape. When Rosario's strong presence begins to inspire the confused Matteo to rebel against his father's authority, Luigi's deep-rooted complexes about his origins resurface. The fragile trust between the three of them is threatened as the emotional barriers between cultures, classes and generations become more evident…

    Actors (7)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celluloid Dreams

    Foreign production companies :

    Mikado Film, Bianca Film

    French distribution :

    Rezo Films

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    Director Mimmo Calopresti, with two successful films behind him (“La Seconda Volta” and “Notes of Love”), has now confirmed the hopes placed in him. He has emerged as a major figure on the Italian film scene. His great quality is his trust in the audience’s intelligence. He deals with human weaknesses without being heavy-handed or moralizing. A hesitant gesture or glance are often enough to spark emotion, to express the difficult relationship between father and son, or to delicately convey the turmoil of adolescence. This is a subtle, accurate, poignant film.”

    Laurent Djian, “L’Evénement du Jeudi,” May 18, 2000

    Full credits (9)

    Screenwriters :

    Mimmo Calopresti, Francesco Bruni, Heidrun Schleef

    Director of Photography :

    Luca Bigazzi

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Granec

    Production Designer :

    Alessandro Marrazzo

    Costume designer :

    Silvia Nebiolo

    Co-producer :

    Gilles-Marie Tiné

    Sound Recordist :

    Remo Ugolinelli

    Editor :

    Massimo Fiocchi

    Music Composer :

    Franco Piersanti

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    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Italy, France

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    Minority French (Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 24 min

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    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 2000

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 2000)


    Official Competition - Feature Films