ITALY

CI ALZEREMO ALL’ALBA We’ll Rise at Dawn

2018 – DCP – colore – 96’

 

Direction: Jean-Marie Benjamin

Screenplay: Jean-Marie Benjamin

Cinematography: Matteo De Angelis

Editing: Francesco Tellico

Set design: Nicola Canistro

Music: Jean-Marie Benjamin

Costumes: Giancarlo Colis

Cast: Andrea Solombrino, Mariano Barnabà, Karol Mazzei, Antonella Ponziani, Paco Reconti, Massimiliano Pazzaglia, Lucia Stara, Gianni Pellegrino, Gigi Miseferi, Lorenzo Fiorentino, Gabriella Campanille and with Mario Villani, Carlo Maria Laborde, Arcangela Perrotti, Giulio Siena, Stefano Campanella

Production: Aladino Productions Srl

 

 

SYNOPSIS

Luca is a 12-year-old boy from San Giovanni Rotondo. One day, coming back home after visiting the little church and museum of Padre Pio, Luca tells his parents, at dinner, about his project of interviewing the local personalities who knew the Saint and gathering their testimonies to write a book on him. He also manages to involve his friend Sebastiano, from San Marco in Lamis, in his initiative. Sebastiano accepts to collaborate, despite his complex and difficult family situation: his mother is seriously ill, and the relationship between him and his father is a little tense. The two boys begin their survey interviewing three personalities who met the Father and talked to him when they were young. In between the interviews, they exchange their impressions, but meanwhile the health of Sebastiano’s mother is worsening, and his father falls ill too because of drinking…

 

THE DIRECTOR: JEAN-MARIE BENJAMIN

He is a French composer, writer, director and priest, but has lived in Italy since 1974. He created and produced the first short TV series on the stigmatized Friar Padre Pio, la notte del profeta, starring Sergio Fiorentini, first broadcast on Rai television in 1998. He has also written 10 books published by several publishers in Italy, France, Switzerland and Ireland, and, from 1997 to 2003, he made a number of documentaries to denounce the effects of the embargo on the Iraqi people. One of these, Tareq Aziz the other truth, won the Special Jury Prize at the Silent River FF in Irvine-Los Angeles in 2011. He also boasts a long career as a musician, playing the guitar, piano and electronic keyboard. He is a composer and orchestra conductor, with 28 studio albums of classical music, pop music and film scores under his belt.

 

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“I wrote and made the film We’ll Rise at Dawn with the aim of portraying Padre Pio from a secular perspective, for those who know little or nothing about him, through the eyes of two boys. So, by following the protagonists in their research, viewers discover the extraordinary figure of Padre Pio but also his social contribution, the “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” Hospital. The film is also a journey through the lives of two socially different families from Puglia, with all the traditions and culture of this region. Another side of Southern Italy, made of ordinary people and families, and not its usual negative image linked to organized crime, which attracts media attention but is distant from the everyday life of these wonderful villages… The film aims to convey the authentic Christian values, the power of friendship, a pure and sincere feeling that makes the young protagonists’ lives extraordinary.

Another original element about this film is that it features true personalities from San Giovanni Rotondo.”

 

FILMOGRAPHY 

1996 Padre Pio-La notte del profeta

1998 Iraq: The Birth of Time (TV doc)

1998 Iraq: Journey to the Forbidden Kingdom (doc)

2001 Mr. President, Un Giorno Nuovo (short)

2001 Iraq: The Hidden File (doc)

2002 Iraq: Radioactivity (short doc)

2003 Mr. President (short)

2003 Iraq: Solidarity Action (short)

2011 Tariq Aziz: The Other Truth (doc)

2018 Ci alzeremo all’alba