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by Mario Martone


Following the fierce Bourbon repression of the political movements of 1828 which touched all their families, three young men from the south of Italy decide to join Giuseppe Mazzini’s “Giovane Italia”. Through four separate episodes, each reflecting the hidden pages of the birth of Italian unification, the lives of Domenico, Angelo and Salvatore will be tragically marked by their conspiratorial and revolutionary missions, balanced as they are between moral rigour and murderous impulses, the spirit of sacrifice and fear. In the background, the unknown history of the birth of the country, of implacable conflicts among the founding fathers, of the fracture between the North and the South and of the contorted roots from which will grow the Italy we now live in.

international title: We Believed
original title: Noi credevamo
country: Italy, France
sales agent: Rai Com
year: 2010
genre: fiction
directed by: Mario Martone
film run: 170'
release date: IT 12/11/2012, FR 20/03/2013
screenplay: Giancarlo De Cataldo, Mario Martone
cast: Luigi Lo Cascio, Valerio Binasco, Toni Servillo, Luca Zingaretti, Michele Riondino, Francesca Inaudi, Anna Bonaiuto
cinematography by: Renato Berta
film editing: Jacopo Quadri
costumes designer: Ursula Patzak
producer: Carlo Degli Esposti, Giorgio Magliulo, Conchita Airoldi
production: Palomar, Les Films d'Ici, Rai Cinema
distributor: 01 Distribution, Bellissima Films


main awards/selection

Biennale di Venezia 2010 In competition

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