Three Rivers — It is necessary to rent the presence of the cinema to The red Carpet in the film offering) for the window it opens to moviegoers on the film the international, european mainly, virtually absent from the other rooms-commercial. In its present programming, found After the war, film of the director Annarita Zambrano, which is, as its director, as French as it is Italian.
The film echoes a period of great disorder in Italian history, the years 70 and 80, while the country was in the grip of terrorism, violence and the weakening of the established power. This is the context in which the filmmaker grew up before settling in France. His youth Italian was all the more marked that she was the daughter of a magistrate, a function particularly targeted by the terrorists.
The war to which refers in the title of his film is that, the battle of the ideologues of the extreme-left are carried away in a drift into violence to give life to their dream of justice and a better world. A large number of them have found asylum in France until, in 2002, the law protecting them is abolished, making their extradition to Italy possible for there to be judged. This is the case of one of them that says After the war, while Marco has to pick up a few cases that speed to get to the green with his daughter sixteen-year-old Viola, pure French. Viola did not see why she should flee, she has not done anything and who don’t know so much about this that his father has been able to do.
Annarita Zambrano denies having made a political film. “I wanted to talk about politics but through the human, explained it in an interview with the Nouvelliste last week. No question for me to explain terrorism in Italy. I don’t like it and anyway, what would be the work of someone else. Terrorism, it is our injury national and what interested me, it was the idea of guilt. I wanted to show how it transforms with the weather not clear.”
To have lived in the violence, the filmmaker is convinced that they mark the people, whether we like it or not. “I was attending to other children of magistrates when I was little and some have been killed. Violence, even when you don’t do that rub, it between in you never get out.”
In her film, she adopted a double view showing on the one side, the terrorist living in exile in France, who lives with her daughter and on the other side, the family of Marco, remained in Italy and which also is subjected to the after-effects of the acts committed decades earlier. “This is the human point of view that interests me. How the violence we brand, we and the people around us and how we can push it back without cure. For me, it is personally impossible to talk about politics without talking about the human who does it.”
Behind its style is somewhat stripped which brings the viewer to the protagonists and their emotions, this first feature film doesn’t lack content. The reflection of the filmmaker is deep, and it denies nothing to some of the considerations in psychoanalytic that we can detect in his scenario. The relationship between Marco and his daughter of sixteen years is particularly rich from this point of view. “Viola follows her father, who flees the authorities but it is not ready to give up everything to accompany him in his flight. She is even ready to lose a portion of itself to gain its own autonomy. The sacrifices that one makes in life have to be as large as what we earn in return.”
If she does not believe in a divine justice, and not fully in the justice of men, Annarita Zambrano believes in it in spite of everything. “I have to believe that there is a justice, because if not, I would ask the bomb!!! It remains that my film is a tragedy, the manner of the Greek tragedies ancient that fascinate me ever since.”
This movie about a reality very far from that of the Quebec of today, can it reach the general public in quebec? “I think so, she answers, because the tragedy is universal. It does not fit to the specific circumstances in which it occurs, but to great human issues. I look back to the Romanian film by Cristian Mungiu 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days addresses the abortion. I don’t need to have experienced it to be deeply upset by the film. The reality may be peculiar, but the subject, universal.”
After the war is currently showing in the red Carpet until at least Thursday.