“Dear Diary, there is something I like to do more than anything else…” These lines open the author’s diary, the confidant of the most hidden thoughts and ideas, as well as the nightmares which all are his daily companions. A diary in images, free and light as only personal thoughts can be. The film is divided into three chapters: “On my Vespa”, “Islands”, and “Doctors”. Nanni Moretti’s “Diary” has become a cult movie in Europe for its unique mix of documentary and fiction, of slapstick and meditation.
Giovanni (Nanni) Moretti was born in 1953 in Bolzano. Both his parents are teachers and researchers. His first passions, cinema, water-polo and political commitment mark his works and his biography. After having graduated, Moretti tries to find work as assistant-director before shooting his first Super-8 shorts. He is also an actor for the Taviani Brothers (Padre padrone). His first feature-length film Io sono un autarchico brings him success both with the critics and the public. His second (Ecce Bombo) is selected by Cannes Film Festival. The success of the film makes Moretti one of the main European new authors.
Sogni d’oro wins the Jury Prize in Venice, and after Bianca (1983), La messa è finita wins the Silver Bear at the 1985 Berlinale.
In 1987, toghether with his long-time friend Angela barbagallo, Moretti establishes his production and distribution company, Sacher Film. They will then purchase and run a theater in Rom, called Nuovo Sacher.
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I really like the way this film is shot especially the first quarter of it. A lot of focus on organic architecture and really offering up a feel for Italy via the Vespa travel in third person.. Unfortunately, the pace of the loose story wasn't enough to hold my attention right the way through it. Maybe its age can be attributed to that. The choice of music is nice aswell.
Nanni Moretti will be in New York this weekend for several screenings of his work.