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Dear Diary

Nanni Moretti
Caro diario
Italy, France 1993 / 100’

A collection of Nanni Moretti's observations about his life and surroundings. The Italian master divides his film into three chapters, each of which provided original material for a separate film. In the impressionistic On My Vespa, Moretti wanders around the nearly deserted streets of Rome, formulating a love letter to his favorite city. Islands records the journey of the director, who, in the company of a friend, takes a ferry around the Aeolian Islands, where they eloquently discuss both Ulysses and The Bold and the Beautiful. The film's crowning achievement is the poignant Doctors, which describes, in turn, Moretti's real-life struggle with a serious illness and absurdities of Italy's health service. Despite their differences, each chapter teeters on the border between documentary and fiction, intellectualism and sensuality. While the film deals with serious subjects, the vitality Moretti shares with his audience never wanes. As a result, Dear Diary will be remembered as a charming hymn to everyday life.

Piotr Czerkawski


Cannes IFF 1994 – Best Director; David di Donatello Awards 1994 – Best Film, Best Best Music, Best Producer

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, Giovanna Bozzolo, Sebastiano Nardone
producer Nanni Moretti, Angelo Barbagallo, Nella Banfi
production Sacher Film, Banfilm, La Sept Cinéma
sales Sacher Film
language Italian
colouration colour