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The wedding director


Italia, Francia – 2006 – 35mm – color – 107’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio

Photography: Pasquale Mari

Editing: Francesca Calvelli

Set design: Marco Dentici

Music: Riccardo Giagni

Costumes: Sergio Ballo

Cast: Sergio Castellitto, Donatella Finocchiaro, Sami Frey, Gianni Cavina, Maurizio Donadoni, Bruno Cariello, Simona Nobili, Claudia Zanella, Corinne Castelli, Silvia Ajelli, Aurora Peres, Giacomo Guernieri

Producers: Marco Belloccio, Sergio Pelone

Production: Filmalbatros, Rai Cinema, Dania Film, Surf Film, Filmtel, with the support of Mibac



A director, Franco Elica, goes into crisis by the fact that his daughter has married a fervent catholic and by the need of having to shoot once again a version of The Betrothed. So he decides to go to Sicily in the research of the inspiration which seems like he has lost. There he finds his longtime friend, who is also a director and who is passing himself off as a dead person in the hope to become famous, which has so far been denied to him. He also meets a man who lives by shooting wedding films. He also knows the Prince Gravina of Palagonia, a penniless aristocrat who offers him the opportunity to shoot the wedding of his daughter Bona. Franco immediately falls in love with the young and beautiful girl and intends to save her from a marriage of convenience.



“(…) In the face of the patchworks of The wedding director it is precisely the anxiety to point it in a direction, which could dismantle the allusive scenes, the outstanding threads, the images with double or triple keys: the pendulum, constantly in motion between the sublime and ridicule, must concern the film itself – or even the cinema – rather than the game of the interpretations. The sensitivity of the Piacenza author (never so close to Buñuel or Ferreri) is expressed, in short, in the form of style and the plot, which seems to be very specious, works as an exquisite initiatory tale which transforms continuously times, bodies and places. Furthermore, dreams are not a substitute for reality, but another and deeper reality to which it is equally painful and pleasant abandoning oneself without hesitation. (…)” (Valerio Caprara, Il Mattino)



2006 Cannes FF – Un Certain Regard

2006 Globi d’oro:  Best Film, Cinematography, Revelation Actress (Donatella Finocchiaro)

2006 Taormina IFF: Best Producer, Cinematography

2007 Nastri d’argento: Best Script, Editing