After the War
An Italian insurgent living with his teenaged daughter in France discovers that he no longer has political asylum, and the family he left behind in Italy are forced to answer for his past sins, in this captivating drama illustrating the unintended fallout that can come from radical idealism.
"This is a provocative, tautly paced directorial debut, with a whopper of a lead performance." Andrew Wright - The Stranger
In her narrative feature debut, Annarita Zambrano dovetails two side-by-side narratives in this politically charged family drama. Ex-left-wing activist and father Marco Lambetti fled Italy for France in 1981 after assassinating a judge but is now forced to go back into hiding after the Mitterand doctrine, which allowed such activist to live in exile without fear of extradition, is rescinded 20 years later. At the same time, a political assassination by a group claiming to carry on Lambetti's former organization has reopened Italy's wounds from the "years of lead," a decade-plus period of vicious political turmoil. Italian police and tabloids grill his sister and ailing mother who are unable to find reprieve from his aging crimes, and his daughter Viola, at the precipice of secondary school graduation, has her life upended as Marco tears her from school and into seclusion. Marco's ardent defense of himself and his political cause comes at a heavy price to those closest him, even if he's the only one willing to pay it. Expertly paced, After the War is an emotionally intelligent story that poses questions of state and familial love.
Annarita Zambrano's first feature film After the War was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where she was the only female Italian director present. Having worked out of Paris for 15 years, she is perhaps best known for her short films Ma Vision du Monde (2011), L'Heure Bleue (2012), and Ophelia (2013).
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- Original Language Title: Dopo La Guerra
- Director: Annarita Zambrano
- Principal Cast: Giuseppe Battiston, Barbora Bobulova, Charlotte Cetaire
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland
- Year: 2017
- Running Time: 92 minutes
- Producer: Stephanie Douet, Tom Dercourt
- Screenplay: Annarita Zambrano, Delphine Agut
- Cinematographers: Laurent Brunet
- Editors: Muriel Breton
- Music: Gregoire Hetzel
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: L'anima del Gattopardo (doc, 2014)
- Language: Italian, French
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Pyramide International