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“Swept Away”: Lina Wertmüller’s masterpiece presented in a restored version at Venice 81!

5 July 2024

Swept Away (1974), written and directed by Lina Wertmüller, will be presented in competition in a stunning 4K restored version in the Venice Classics section at the 81st Venice International Film Festival. The film, listed by The Guardian among the top 25 European films of all time, has been restored by the Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with Minerva Pictures.

During a Mediterranean cruise, the snobbish and classist Raffaella Pavone Lanzetti (Mariangela Melato) is shipwrecked with the communist sailor Gennarino Carunchio (Giancarlo Giannini). The deserted island they land on becomes the stage for a forced cohabitation that exposes all their differences.

Featuring music by Piero Piccioni, awarded the David di Donatello in 1975.

See you soon at the Lido!

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Screening at the Quirinale of the restoration of ‘Brother Sun, Sister Moon’ by Zeffirelli: President Mattarella in attendance

12 March 2024

Yesterday afternoon, President Sergio Mattarella attended the screening of the restoration of Fratello sole, sorella luna (1972) by Franco Zeffirelli at the Quirinale Palace.

The film, loosely inspired by the life and works of St. Francis, with a screenplay by Suso Cecchi D’Amico, Lina Wertmüller, and Zeffirelli himself, received the David di Donatello for Best Director and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Art Direction.

The restoration was carried out by Paramount Pictures in collaboration with the L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna, with contributions from the Istituto Luce Cinecittà and the Ministry of Culture. Distribution is handled by Minerva Pictures.

Among those present were Nicola Maccanico, CEO of Cinecittà, Enrico Bufalini, Director of the Historical Archive of Istituto Luce – Cinecittà, Nicola Borrelli, DG of the Cinema Department of MiC, Caterina D’Amico, Director of the Zeffirelli Foundation museum, Pippo Zeffirelli, and the two musicians Donovan and Claudio Baglioni, performers of the songs in the American and Italian versions of the film.