La Passione, The Passion

by Marianne Wi

Carlo Mazzacurati’s latest film La Passione, The Passion shown at this years Venice Film Festival has not disappointed his faithful followers here in Italy and abroad.

Cast : Silvio Orlando, Giuseppe Battiston, Corrado Guzzanti, Kasia Smutniak, Cristiana Capotondi, Stefania Sandrelli.

Best moment: Gianni Dubois comforting Ramiro ”If Christ was around today, he too would have been fat”.

Gianni Dubois (Silvio Orlando) is a middle-aged film director, who is under pressure from his agent to come up with an idea for a new film, he has been unable to follow-up on the success of his previous film 5 years earlier.
He leaves home to attend to the families flat in Tuscany, a pipe has sprung a leak resulting in an old fresco in the church next door being damaged. In true Italian style, the whole village become involved resulting in Gianni being pressured into staging this years passion play at Easter or face heavy fines and jail. There are many trials and tribulations before the show is finally staged.
The film is light and has many comic moments, there are an array of colourful characters sometimes borderline caricatures, yet somehow Carlo Mazzacurati has managed to keep them believable. The mood changes suddenly 15 minutes before the end, it turnes sombre and in parts quite moving however still with a light touch of comedy, starting with the original actor playing Christ being injured by a cross to heavy to bear. Ramiro’s (Giuseppe Battiston) last supper together with his long and painful crawl to the crucifixion with the cross on his shoulders were both very moving scenes, brilliant acting from Battiston throughout the film.

A film not to be miss, I am sure it will do well on the international scene and expect it to be included in the Italian Film Festivals around the world.

Carlo Mazzacurati has previously Directed L’ amore ritrovato, An Italian Romance (2004) and La Giusta Distanza, The right distance (2007) both shown at International Film Festivals to great acclaim.

Update 06.05.2011

Giuseppe Battiston went on to win the “Best Supporting Actor” award at the David di Doinatello awards 2011

This film was shot in Montecatrini val di cecina


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