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by Francesca Comencini


Zeno is almost thirty years old when his father dies and he is faced by the fact that his youth is almost over. He meets Giovanni Malfenti, a rich and successful gallery owner with four daughters. Zeno is impressed by Giovanni’s energy. Zeno falls in love with one of Giovanni’s daughters and comes to consider the older man a second father. This relationship helps Zeno find peace and direction. The film is based on Zeno’s conscience by Italo Svevo.

international title: Zeno
original title: Le parole di mio padre
country: Italy, France
sales agent: RAI Com
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Francesca Comencini
film run: 85'
release date: IT 25/05/2001, FR 24/04/2002
screenplay: Francesca Comencini, Francesco Bruni, Richard Nataf
cast: Fabrizio Rongione, Chiara Mastroianni, Viola Graziosi, Claudia Coli, Mimmo Calopresti, Toni Bertorelli
cinematography by: Luca Bigazzi
film editing: Massimo Fiocchi
art director: Paola Comencini
costumes designer: Carolina Olcese
producer: Donatella Botti
production: Bianca Film, Mikado Film, Les Films d'Ici, ARTE France Cinéma, Tele+ (IT)
distributor: Mikado, Pierre Grise Distribution