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by Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet


A group of World War II survivors from all over Italy come together to form a sort of “commune”. They want to forget the hardships of the conflict they have just lived through and set about sorting out the issue of the day-to-day survival. They take over a bombed-out village and make it their home and refuge against all the ugliness and brutality in the world.
From the novel "Le donne di Messina" by Elio Vittorini.

original title: OPERAI CONTADINI
country: Italy, France
sales agent: Pierre Grise Distribution
year: 2001
genre: fiction
directed by: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
film run: 123'
release date: IT 08.06.01, FR 19.09.01
screenplay: Jean-Marie Straub
cast: Angela Nugara, Giacinto Di Pascoli, Giampaolo Cassarino, Enrico Achilli, Angela Durantini, Martina Gianfriddo, Andrea Balducci
cinematography by: Renato Berta, Jean-Paul Toraille, Marlon Befve
film editing: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet
production: Straub-Huillet, Pierre Grise Productions, Teatro Comunale Buti (IT); Capricci Films (FR)
distributor: Pierre Grise Distribution (FR)