THE FALL OF ITALY
PULA FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS
YEAR / DURATION: 1981. • 114’
GENRE:drama, history, romance
- SCREENPLAY: Lordan Zafranović, Mirko Kovač
- CINEMATOGRAPHY: Božidar Nikolić
- EDITOR: Josip Remenar
- SCORE: Alfi Kabiljo
- CAST: Daniel Olbrychski, Ena Begović, Frano Lasić, Snežana Savić, Antun Nalis, Gorica Popović, Mirjana Karanović, Miodrag Krivokapić, Dušan Janićijević, Ljiljana Krstić
- PRODUCER: Igor Prizmić
- COMPANY : Jadran film, Centar film
- FESTIVALS AND AWARDS : Pula Film Festival, 1981 (Grand Golden Arena and Golden Arena for Best Director), Venice Film Festival
On an island in Dalmatia, Partisan commandant Davorin murders his friend and fellow warrior Niko, who the Party considers immoral and sinful, and his mistress, Italian collaborator Krasna. He then marries the beautiful Veronika, the daughter of a local rich man. Thanks to Davorin’s indifference, the Nazis, Ustashas and Chetniks arrive to the island after the capitulation of Italy in 1943. Davorin’s younger brother Lovre then kills his irresponsible brother.
About the director
Lordan Zafranović (Maslinica, 1944), Croatian director and screenwriter, graduated in literature and fine arts at the Teacher-Training Academy in Split, and film directing at the Film Academy in Prague (FAMU). The Fall of Italy is the central part of his political-historical trilogy, along with Occupation in 26 Acts (1978, screened in competition at the Cannes Festival) and Evening Bells (1986, based on the novel Vrata od utrobe by Mirko Kovač.
- Cinema Valli – 23.07