CINEMA, SOUL IN THE EYES
organization Art Promotion

Good Morning, Night

 

Italia – 2003 – 35mm – color – 110’

 

Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, in collaboration with Daniela Ceselli  from Il prigioniero by Anna Laura Braghetti, Paola Tavella

Photography: Pasquale Mari

Editing: Francesca Calvelli

Set design: Marco Dentici

Music: Riccardo Giagni

Costumes: Sergio Ballo

Cast: Maya Sansa, Luigi Lo Cascio, Giovanni Calcagno, Roberto Herlitzka, Paolo Briguglia, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio

Producers: Marco Bellocchio, Sergio Pelone

Production: Filmalbatros, Rai Cinema, Sky

 

SYNOPSIS

Chiara is a young terrorist belonging to the Red Brigade and involved in the kidnapping of Aldo Moro. Through her vision, the complex world of the “Years of Lead” takes form. She believes in the coming of the revolution, but feels imprisoned because of her clandestine life. On the other hand, she lives a normal everyday life: she has a job, colleagues and a boy-friend who seems to read her soul, more than she could ever do. Despite her revolutionary spirit, she shows feelings, that the ideology and the class struggle continuously sever. Chiara starts having some conflicts with her comrades, feeling uncomfortable as a soldier. The events crack her certainties and the charm of the revolutionary utopia, and she isn’t able to balance the destructive ferocity of those who live near or sleep next.

 

CRITICAL NOTE

“(…) Bellocchio compares the idea of a father to hate/love, to kill/save, to deny/recognize: that little and low door, constructed in the bookcase – that forces Chiara and the other prisoners to stoop before entering the hovel that safeguards the father’s body – it’s the false bottom of a house where proper funeral rites are celebrated. And then, the entry door, a kind of barrier that divides the image of a fictitious but cohesive family, where the father is an hostage and an anchorage too, from a dissociative confusion of a family that lost his father…(…)” (Massimo Causo, Sentieri Selvaggi)

 

AWARDS

2003 Mostra di Venezia – Concorso: Golden Osella for the screenplay,  Pasinetti Award to the Best Actor and Best Actress,  Little Golden Lion,  ‘CinemAvvenire’ Award

2003 European Film Award: FIPRESCI Award

2004 Golden Globes, Italia:  Best Actress

2004 David di Donatello Awards: Roberto Herlitzka  as Best Supporting Actor

2004 Nastri d’Argento Silver Ribbons: Roberto Herlitzka  as Best Actor