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La fine è il mio inizio, The End Is My Beginning

by Marianne Wi


My favourite film this year, the story of the Italian journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani. Born in Florence in 1938 he went on to study at Pisa University and eventually focused his journalistic skills on Eastern Asia. Terzani is one of the few journalist to cover both the fall of Saigon to the Vietcong’s and Phnom Pehn to the Khmer Rouge in the mid 70s. Terzani coverage of the Khmer Rouge, neglecting to report on the atrocities for ideological reasons, when he was a correspondent in Cambodia coursed much controversy in Italy and although he many years later apologised,  he was never forgiven.

Terzani published many books about his life in Asia, working as a journalist and is published in many languages all over the world.  The months prior to his death in Orsigna, Tuscany from stomach cancer in 2004 was spent with his son Folco, who recorded all their conversations, later to  produce a book from the transcript in 2006. I so wish I had spent some time with my own father before his death, so many unanswered questions, information lost in history never to be recovered.

Jo Baiers decision not to have flashbacks during the film showing only father and son interacting, often walking in the Tuscan countryside was bold indeed; two men talking for 98 minutes could easily have equalled disaster.

Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor best know for his part in Pane e tulipani, Bread and Tulips directed by Silvio Soldini – La banda Baader Meinhoff, The Baader Meinhof Complex directed by Uli Edel and The Reader directed by Stephen Daldry was brilliant and should win awards, Graz’s best performance to date, they also look uncannily similar. Elio Germano playing the part of Folco, just keeps getting better with every film. We are treated to Tuscany at its best with excellent cinematography, if you can decide where you want to die, surely this is the place.


Director : Jo Baier, is a German director best known in her native country for her TV work, should be winning awards for this film or there is no justice.

Cast : Bruno Ganz, Elio Germano, Erika Pluhar, Andrea Osvalt, Nicolo Fitz-William Lay

Synobsis :  We follow the last months of  Tiziano Terzani’s life in conversation with his son who has returned from the US to be with his father. They take walks in the panoramicly beautiful Tuscany and Tiziano Terzani speaks of his life experiences in Asia, the first meeting with his wife together with his imminent death from stomach cancer. His wife always supporting in the background is played by Erika Pluhar, the last supper; a final family dinner, attended by his daughter and her family is touching never macabre. Terzani’s death is expected and planned, his final resting place would be mine, a stunning final shot.

Tiziano Terzan his last apperance :


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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