organization Art Promotion

The Butterfly’s Dream


Italia, Svizzera, Francia – 1994 – 35mm – color – 100’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Massimo Fagioli

Photography: Yorgos Arvanitis

Editing: Francesca Calvelli

Set design: Amedeo Fago

Music: Carlo Crivelli

Costumes: Lia Francesca Morandini

Cast: Thierry Blanc, Simona Cavallari, Nathalie Boutefeu, Bibi Andersson, Roberto Herlitzka, Henry Arnold, Michael Seyfried, Anita Laurenzi, Carla Cassola, Ketty Fusco, Sergio Graziani, Giusi Frallonardo, Viviana Natale, Consuelo Ciatti, Aleka Paisi, Patrizia Punzo, Antonio Pennarella

Production: Filmalbatros, Rai – Radiotelevisione Italiana, Waka Film, Pierre Grise Productions in associazione con in association with Istituto Luce, S.S.R., R.T.S.I., Happy Valley Films



Massimo, at the age of fourteen, decides to cease speaking in order to give the usual language up. He speaks only when he acts. He has a lovely voice, but out of the theater he lives in silence. One day, a director who sees him acting the Prince of Homburg, is so fascinated by his performance, that he wants to propose to him a big role. The director getting no response turns to Massimo’s father, a university professor and a prominent archaeologist, who updates him about the son’s choice. The father tries to explain: Massimo suffered a romantic setback…The director changes his mind: he wants to realize a performance about Massimo, a great character performed by himself. The director asks Massimo’s mother to write the story. At first she hesitates, and then she accepts.



“(…) Bellocchio seems to share the approach of Massimo, proposed on the screenplay by Fagioli, which avoids the blackmail of the words and actions’ violence. He recognizes that, to keep out one’s own killer impetus, today is no longer necessary to kill your mother or brother. Maybe it’s sufficient to avoid the dispute (emotional or political), by not condemning to death the rival, and simultaneously by safeguarding one’s own mental and physical integrity. Especially, by avoiding the so-called “dialogue of the deaf”.” (Gabriele Veggetti, Le forme della ribellione. Il cinema di Marco Bellocchio)



1994 Chicago IFF

1994 Gramado FF: Best Cinematography