organization Art Promotion



Italia, Francia – 2009 – 35mm – color – 128’


Direction: Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay: Marco Bellocchio, Daniela Ceselli

Photography: Daniele Ciprì

Editing: Francesca Calvelli

Set design: Marco Dentici

Music: Carlo Crivelli

Costumes: Sergio Ballo

Effects: Paola Trisoglio, Stefano Marinoni

Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Michela Cescon, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Corrado Invernizzi, Paolo Pierobon, Bruno Cariello, Francesca Picozza, Simona Nobili, Vanessa Scalera, Giovanna Mori, Patrizia Bettini, Silvia Ferretti, Corinne Castelli, Fabrizio Costella

Producer: Mario Gianani

Production: Offside, Rai Cinema, Celluloid Dreams Productions  in collaboration with Istituto Luce



Benito Mussolini is the director of the Avanti! when he meets Ida Dalser in Milan. Anti-monarchist and anti-clerical, Mussolini is an ardent socialist agitator. He is active to lead the masses towards future social emancipation. In fact, Ida Dalser had already met him fleetingly in Trento. She believes fervently in his ideas: Mussolini is her hero. For him, Ida sells everything, her apartment, her beauty salon, her furniture, her jewellery. On the outbreak of the war, Mussolini enlists in the army and disappears from Ida’s life. The next time she sees him, he’s lying immobilized in a military hospital, attended by Rachele, whom he has just married in a civil ceremony. Enraged, Ida lashes out at her rival, claiming to be his true wife, and to have born him a son, but she’s forcibly removed.



“(…) the substantial use of the repertory is the deep soul of the film. Old films become the unconscious of the character, in this particular case, it’s about his wild dreams and her oppressive nightmares. Francesca Calvelli has done an excellent work, worthy of Dziga Vertov: occasionally the films of the Luce Institute are reorganized to promote the concept of the Russian Kinopravde or film-truth. Vincere flies high: it is a reflection on power, in all its forms, that can nullify each person – Mussolini wasn’t the only bigamist dictator in the course of history, indeed it seems to be an occupational disease!” (Alberto Crespi, L’Unità)



2009 Cannes IFF– Competition

2009 Chicago IFF: Gold Plaque to Daniele Ciprì for the Best Cinematography, Silver Hugo for Best Director, Actress, Actor

2009 Nastri d’Argento:  Best Actress, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design

2010 David di Donatello:  Best Director, Photography, Production Design, Costumes, Make-up, Hair Design, Editing and Visual Effects

2010 Uruguay IFF:  Special Jury Award