Director: Michele Placido, his latest film is already coursing a political storm for glorifying one of Italy’s notorious gang leaders from the 70s. Renato Vallanzasca Constantini head of the Comasina gang , still serving time ( 260 years to be exact) in an open jail on the outskirts of Milan. Vallanzasca is on day release and free to leave the prison from 7.30 in the morning to 7 .00 at night, he has re-married and is today 60 years old. The Italian prison system is an odd one.
Michele Placido has appeared in and have directed many films dating back to 1972 including Il grande sogno, The big Dream – Romanzo criminale, Crime Novel.
Cast :Kim Rossi Stuart, Valeria Solarino, Filippo Timi,Paz Vega, Moritz Bleibtreu, Francesco Scianna,Toni Pandolfo, Gaetano Bruno,Gerardo Amato, Paolo Mazzarelli, Lorenzo Gleijeses, Marica fracas, Adriana De Guinn and of course Michele Placido himself.
Best moment : The wedding ceremony in prison.
Worst moment : Kissing his sister and the assumption that it went further.
Synopsis : The film follows the life of Vallanzasca from early childhood and his first gang of boys to his imprisonment serving 260 years. The Comasina gang was ruthless although claiming in the film to be professionals and not wanting to hurt anyone. Vallanzasca was eventually charged with 6 murders, 4 Kidnappings ( it is believed that there were many more) and numerous robberies.
Kim Rossi Stuart portrayal of Vallanzasca is very much like his portrayal of Il Freddo in A Crime Novel 6 years ago, it was of course also Directed by Placido so no surprise there.
It will have it first showing in the UK on the 6th June 2011.