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Red Wood Pigeon

Nanni Moretti
Palombella rossa
Italy, France 1989 / 89’

The last part of Nanni Moretti's Michele Apicella cycle. In bringing an important stage of his career to an end, Moretti 's film is a poetic meditation on the nature of identity. In one of the first scenes, the main character is involved in an accident that causes him to lose his memory. Despite everything, he tries to live a normal life and joins his teammates for an important water polo match (a very popular sport in Italy, and one that Moretti himself played from early childhood). During breaks in the game, Michele tries to recall deep-seated memories from his childhood and troubled adolescence. As usual, Moretti closely links his private and political life, while Apicelli's personal troubles occur at a time of deep crisis for the Italian left. Fortunately, it is possible to escape from all these problems by entering the world of cinema. During the film's most famous scene, the Palombella rossa, Michele and and his teammates watch Doctor Zhivago on television and passionately cheer on the characters in the film.

Piotr Czerkawski


São Paulo FF 1990 – Film Critics Award

Nanni Moretti

Nanni Moretti was born in 1953 in Bruneck in South Tyrol to a family of teachers. He made his first directorial attempt at the age of 20. His feature-length debut was the 1976 film I Am Self Sufficient. Five years later, his Golden Dreams won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. He quickly developed his own original style, which involves elements of left-leaning politics, an absurd sense of humor, and frequent recourse to autobiographical subjects. While developing his international career, he became friends with Krzysztof Kieślowski and was meant to play one of the roles in The Double Life of Veronique. These plans were thwarted, however, when Moretti was diagnosed with cancer. His fight against the disease is one of the central themes on his 1993 film Dear Diary, which captured the award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival. Eight years later, Moretti was once again a winner in Cannes with The Son's Room. His great success has by no means put a stop to his career. The director of The Caiman is today a member of the so-called Cannes Family, and his work regularly appears in the Main Competition of the most prestigious film event of the world. This was also the case with his latest film, My Mother, which left Côte d'Azur with the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury. Not content to stay behind the camera, Moretti also acts in his films. He also appears from time to time in films made by his colleagues, including the Taviani brothers and Daniele Luchetti.

Selected filmography

1978 Ecce bombo

1981 Złote sny / Sogni d'oro / Golden Dreams

1985 Idźcie, ofiara spełniona / La messa è finita / The Mass Is Ended

1993 Dziennik intymny / Caro diario / Dear Diary

1998 Kwiecień / Aprile / April

2001 Pokój syna / La stanza del figlio / The Son's Room

2006 Kajman / Il caimano / The Caiman

2011 Habemus Papam – mamy papieża / Habemus Papam / We Have a Pope

2015 Moja matka / Mia madre / My Mother


Cast & Crew

director Nanni Moretti
screenplay Nanni Moretti
cinematography Giuseppe Lanci
editing Mirco Garrone
music Nicola Piovani
cast Nanni Moretti, Silvio Orlando, Mariella Valentini
producer Nanni Moretti, Angelo Barbagallo, Nella Banfi
production Sacher Film, Palmyre Productions
sales Sacher Film
language Italian
colouration colour