with Marcello Martini, Maurizio Fanin, Carlo Baldracchi, Nilla Patrizio, Emanuele Bertossi, Agnese Fior, Mirko Artuso, Giuseppe Scarfì, David Wilkinson, Roberto Dellai, Gino Segatti
Italy, Romania / 2018 / 103’
Production: NEFERTITI FILM in co-production with RAI CINEMA and HAI-HUI ENTERTAINMENT
International Sales: INTRAMOVIES
Italy. Late 1500s. The Roman Catholic Church, feeling its hegemony threatened by the incumbent Protestant Reformation, launches a systematic, ideological state war pursuing total control of faith. The new Confessional, designed in this period, is transformed from a place to console one’s spirit to a court to judge one’s thoughts. Eavesdropping, spying on and reporting one’s neighbour becomes compulsory; failure to report means excommunication, prison and eventually burning at the stake.
Menocchio, an old, stubborn, self-taught miller living in a small village in the mountains of Friuli, decides to rebel. Sought for questioning about his possible heresy, he ignores the pleas of friends and family and decides to face trial. Is he tired of oppression, abuse, taxes and injustice but he is also genuinely convinced that he’s own worth as a man is equal to that of the bishops, inquisitors or even the Pope. And he really believes that he might succeed to convince them to go back to the ideal of poverty and love.
Press Days: Saturday 04/08 + Sunday 05/08
Press Screening: Saturday 04/08 I 09:00 I Kursaal
Press Conference: Saturday 04/08 I 11:30 I Press Center (Largo Zorzi)
Official Screening: Saturday 04/08 I 16:30 I FEVI
Repetition Screening: Sunday 05/08 I 09:00 I FEVI
Repetition Screening: Monday 06/08 I 18:30 I PalaVideo