“I came back in order to help good people step out with their head held high”, stated Father Giuseppe Puglisi, appointed by the archbishop of Palermo to his native parish of Brancaccio, a suburb of the Sicilian metropolis; there, three years later on his birthday, he was shot by the Mafia. In his new film, director Roberto Faenza turns his attention to the troubled time when the Mafia stepped up its aggression towards the Italian state and, by carrying out bomb attacks in Rome, Florence and Milan, also demonstrated its influence outside Sicily. After more than ten years since the priest’s violent death, Faenza returns to Puglisi’s threeyear attempt to prevent street kids from being gradually transformed into members of criminal organisations. The director avoids superficial glorification of the hero and provides almost surprisingly laconic testimony to his character and endeavours. The subtle urgency of the film is underscored by Luca Zingaretti’s excellent starring performance. —KVIFF
Roberto Faenza (born February 21, 1943 in Turin, Italy) is an Italian film director. Born in Turin in 1943, Roberto Faenza received a degree in Political Science and a diploma at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia.
He made his directing debut in 1968 with the international success, Escalation, a film that describes the different sides of power through the relationship between a middle-class father and his hippie son. Immediately after that he directed H2S, an angry apology of the 1968 movement, seized two days after its release and not distributed since. Upon this sequestration he travelled to the United States to teach at the Federal City College of Washington DC.
In 1978 he directed Forza Italia!, a ferocious satire on the power of the Italian Christian Democrat party covering thirty years of Italian political history. The film was withdrawn from the theatres on the day Aldo Moro, President of the Christian Democrats, was kidnapped, and remains banned for over… read more