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IL GERME DEL MELOGRANO
Italy, 2007, - Color - 157
Directed by: silvana strocchi
Cast: Silvana Strocchi, Lele Nucera, Valentina Bassi
Screenplay: Silvana Strocchi
Photography: Andrea Gioacchini
Editing: Ricardo Antonio Piana
Set design: Pietro Lenzini
Costume design: Elisabetta Muner
Music: Maurizio Deoriti
Sound: Fabrizio Rubini
Producer: ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE TEATRO POESIA
Production: ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE TEATRO POESIA

Story description:
SHORT SYNOPSIS The story that is told in this film follows the biography of an artist, Domenico Baccarini, from the last decade of the nineteenth century, when, as a child, he went to the School of Drawing of Faenza, to his studies as a young man at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence, up to the exhibitions in which he took part, in 1904 in Rome, at the Show of Collectors and Lovers of Fine Arts, in 1905 at the Biennale d'Arte of Venice, and in 1905 in Milan, at the Black and White Exhibition. The film relates the human and artistic history of Domenico Baccarini, painter and sculptor of Faenza, who was born in 1882 and died, very young, in 1907. He was surrounded by a group of young artists who created a sodality known in art history as “The Baccarini Cenacle”. In a region, Romagna, which at that time was astir with artistic and political ferment, this group of young people – with their lives, their dreams, their works – fully represents the strong innovative drive of the early twentieth century. The ambience was that of a. provincial community of bohemians which was reached by the stimuli of national and international avant-gardes. The short but intense life of Domenico Baccarini (Rico), and of his partner and model Elisabetta Santolini (Bitta) are the emotional centre of the film’s narrative, around which the other characters revolve. Among them, a crucial character is the mother, Maddalena, who tells the story of the film. Famous figures of the time – Dino Campana, Alfredo Oriani, Antonio Beltramelli, Giovanni Prini, Gino Severini, Guelfo Civinini, and Vittorio Pica – are involved in the story, giving rise to a portrayal of the Italian cultural and artistic life of those years, ranging from the limited provincial meetings in the Art Academies to the gatherings in the Roman salons, where people debated on art, and new trends emerged. The film is partly based on biography and history, partly on invention and psychological introspection. Maddalena and Bitta conflict with each other in their love for Domenico: the former is strong and overbearing in her extreme devotion to her son, while the latter is a beautiful, melancholy young woman, the inspirer of his most important works. The narration takes place through the voice of the mother, who is an inmate of the mental hospital of Imola: in the space of a day , she recalls the life of her son, from adolescence to death. Some of the works of Baccarini and of his companions and pupils, for whom he was a teacher and inspirer, have been incorporated into the images of the film, both in their entirety and as a part of scenes of everyday life.
 
Director Biographical note:
LA REGISTA SILVANA STROCCHI Silvana Strocchi – attrice e regista di teatro e di cinema. Nata a Faenza, Silvana Strocchi consegue il diploma classico e studia all’Accademia di Arte Drammatica dell’ Antoniano a Bologna. Dagli anni ‘70 inizia a lavorare con diversi registi teatrali e cinematografici, in ambito sia classico che sperimentale. Nel 1983 fonda a Bologna il Teatro Poesia, dedicandosi alla produzione teatrale e promovendo dibattiti e convegni inerenti agli autori e ai temi affrontati, abbracciando tematiche letterarie-filosofiche di ogni epoca e con particolare attenzione alle tematiche femminili. Infatti, Dacia Maraini scrive per Silvana Strocchi “ Una casa di donne” rappresentato sul territorio nazionale. Mentre nel 1999 cura la regia de “I Digiuni di Catarina da Siena” della nota scrittrice Dal 1995 è ideatrice - insieme a Sabrina Guazzotti - e regista della rassegna L’aria agitata dal volo, che si svolge con cadenza annuale nel mese di settembre nei luoghi della Basilica di S. Stefano a Bologna. Tra le molteplici interpretazioni cinematografiche, ricopre ruoli significativi in La voce della luna di Federico Fellini. Dichiarazione d’amore e Il testimone dello sposo di Pupi Avati .Dal 1994, inizia una ricerca sull’ artista faentino Domenico Baccarini, interessandosi a approfondire le figure della madre – Maddalena – e della compagna – Bitta - che la porterà a scrivere la sceneggiatura de “IL GERME DEL MELOGRANO”.


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