by Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini
Fiction | Italy | Italian | 70’ | 2019
An Italian soldier, born to a Russian mother, is called to the Eastern Front. As a speaker of Russian, he is one of the few Italian soldiers who can communicate with enemy prisoners and the local population. The horrors of war and the ghosts of a hostile land encroach upon him and it is clear that an “easy” victory was just an illusion. In a last desperate attempt to escape his fate, he decides to desert. Like thousands of other fellow soldiers, his body will disappear in the frost of Ukrainian winter. Seventy years later, those same places are again the scene of war, destruction and death.
Production Countries: Italy
Original Language: Italian, Russian
Director: Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini
Script: Federico Ferrone, Michele Manzolini, Wu Ming 2
Cinematography: Andrea Vaccari
Editor: Maria Fantastica Valmori
Sound Design & Music: Simonluca Leitempergher
Michele Manzolini and Federico Ferrone
Italian director and graduate in semiotics Michele Manzolini (1980) and trained historian and political theorist Federico Ferrone (1981) have been creating documentary films together since 2007. They often address contemporary political and historical topics. For many years they worked as producers for the Al-Jazeera television network. Their film Train to Moscow (2013) was screened at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
FESTIVALS and Awards
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia
Festival du film Italien de Annecy – Special Mention
Jihlava Documentary International Film Festival