IL SOLE NERO Black sun

2007 – 35mm – colore – 93′


Direction: Krzysztof Zanussi

Screenplay: Krzysztof Zanussi, Rocco Familiari, Gianni Cardillo,  from a pièce by Rocco Familiari

Cinematography: Ennio Guarnieri

Editing: Paola Freddi

Set design: Alfonso Rastelli

Music: Wojciech Kilar

Costumes: Sandra Cardini

Cast: Valeria Golino, Lorenzo Balducci, Toni Bertorelli, Kaspar Capparoni, Remo Girone, Victoria Zinny

Producers: Saïd Ben Saïd, Francesco Papa, Igor Uboldi

Production: Edelweiss Production, SBS-UGC (Parigi)



Agata, a beautiful and passionate woman, is deeply in love with her husband Manfredi, a very attractive man, slightly younger than her. One wonderful sunny day, Manfredi is shot to death. The woman emerges from her grief determined to find the killer of her husband and punish him in an exemplary way, as she believes that the punishment inflicted by law would be too mild. When she finds him, she begins to seduce the murderer in order to extort a confession from him.


“This is a film of objects and surfaces (paintings, mirrors, floors, tables and morgue tables), of details expressing Agata’s point of view. When she touches reality, she feels alienated, distant from it and only able to grasp it in fragments. (…) Zanussi here is more metaphysical than melodramatic and deals with the issue of justice, understood as absolute knowledge, through a real-life crime news: the brutal end to the love dream of a wife. In this film set in the “Belpaese”, where impunity has been pushed to the extreme, the director follows this lifeless and inhumane woman, insensitive to external solicitations, as she seeks (summary) justice. (…) Agata is as guilty as her victim in her inhumane attitude, lost in an unreal dimension, that of the studio that introduces the film and in which the film loses itself.” (Marzia Gandolfi,


2007 Busan IFF

2008 Moscow IFF