Cinema Italian Style: Padrenostro
December 10 - 17, 2020
Rome, 1976. Timid and eager-to-please 10-year-old Valerio witnesses the attempted assassination of his father Alfonso (Pierfrancesco Favino) by a terrorist commando, an event that changes his world forever. Loosely based on the director’s own childhood experience, with magical realist elements both wondrous and nightmarish, creating an intimate and stirring rendering of trauma and its enduring aftermath. Winner: Venice Film Festival 2020, Best Actor
Available to view December 10 - 17 with Cinema Italian Style pass or individual ticket for this film. 48 hours to complete viewing once started.
Rome, 1976. Timid and eager-to-please 10-year-old Valerio witnesses the attempted assassination of his father Alfonso by a terrorist commando. Fear, anxiety, and vulnerability overwhelm the family, as they struggle to regain a sense of security and restore normalcy to their lives. When Christian, a slightly older and bolder rebellious boy appears almost out of nowhere and befriends Valerio, his outlook starts to shift. Their meeting will change his life forever, as the two seem to exist in a chimerical world outside of everyday reality. Loosely based on the director’s own childhood experience, filmmaker Claudio Noce deploys magical realist elements to both wondrous and nightmarish effect, creating an intimate and stirring rendering of trauma and its enduring aftermath.
“Both Valerio and Christian are intriguing characters, the former’s vulnerability well-matched to the latter’s compelling mysteriousness”—Variety
- Director: Claudio Noce
- Principal Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino, Mattia Garaci, Barbara Ronchi, Francesco Gheghi, Francesco Colella, Antonio Gerardi
- Country: Italy
- Year: 2020
- Running Time: 120 min.
- Producer: Andrea Calbucci, Maurizio Piazza, Pierfrancesco Favina
- Screenplay: Enrico Audenino, Claudio Noce
- Cinematographers: Michele D’Attanasio
- Editors: Giogiò Franchini
- Music: Ratchev & Carratello
- Awards: Venice Film Festival 2020 (Best Actor)
- Filmography: The Ice Forest (2105), Good Morning, Aman (2009)
- Has Subtitles: Yes