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by Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti


Guerra e pace tells the story of the relationship between cinema and war, one that has lasted for over a century, from the time of their first encounter, way back in 1911, on the occasion of the Italian invasion of Libya, to our own day. From the sequences filmed by the pioneers of cinema to today’s videos shot on smartphones by ordinary citizens all over the world, the step appears very short and the relationship between the movies and war a very strong one. Guerra e pace is a reflection on images and, as in a long novel divided into four chapters (remote past, recent past, present and future), tries to put all the pieces of the fragmented visual memory from the early years of the 20th century until today back together, highlighting the multiplication of visions that now accompany our lives, like constant background noise. Four important European institutions host the narration of our film and constitute its solid spatiotemporal framework. A framework in which peace and war seem to coexist and keep each other at bay. Guerra e pace raises questions about the consequences of war and about the meaning of history and the preservation of its memory for the benefit of future generations.

international title: War and Peace
original title: Guerra e pace
country: Italy, Switzerland
sales agent: Taskovski Films
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
film run: 129'
cinematography by: Massimo D’Anolfi
film editing: Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
music: Massimo D’Anolfi, Felix Rohner, Sabina Schärer
producer: Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti, David Fonjallaz, Louis Mataré
production: Montmorency Film, RAI Cinema, CSC - Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Production, Lomotion, Cinémathèque suisse, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
backing: Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Berner Filmförderung (CH), Federal Office of Culture (FDHA) (CH), EMI-ECPAD (FR), International Red Cross, Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale (IT)
distributor: Istituto Luce Cinecittà

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