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by Sergio Rubini


Gabriele Rossetti returns to southern Italy to say a last farewell to his father, a former stationmaster in a small town not far from Bari. The old man reawakens in him memories of his childhood, of his loving and beautiful mother and fun-seeking uncle, his friends, but also of his father’s irascibility and exasperation over his thwarted attempts to realise his artistic ambitions. Ernesto was convinced he was destined to become a famous painter and was willing to sacrifice everything for the sake of his beloved masters and for his belief in his own talent, even his own pride – and this his son cannot accept, determined that he won’t turn out like his father. It is only now that, years later, through chance and circumstances, Gabriele begins to understand Ernesto and to see what sort of person his father really was.

international title: The Cézanne Affair
original title: L'uomo nero
country: Italy
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Sergio Rubini
film run: 124'
release date: IT 04/12/2009
screenplay: Sergio Rubini
cast: Margherita Buy, Sergio Rubini, Riccardo Scamarcio, Valeria Golino, Anna Falchi, Guido Giaquinto
cinematography by: Fabio Cianchetti
film editing: Esmeralda Calabria
art director: Luca Gobbi
music: Nicola Piovani
producer: Donatella Botti
production: Bianca Film, RAI Cinema
backing: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Apulia Film Commission
distributor: 01 Distribution
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