A noir à la trentino, a peculiar, surreal, oneiric tale with a slightly tongue-in-cheek slant, featuring an impressive cast formed by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Vincenzo Amato, Lambert Wilson, Pietro Sermonti and Daniela Virgilio. It all begins with a drop of Marzemino, a typical Trentino wine mentioned in Mozart’s Don Giovanni: the first wine the bank clerk Giovanni Cuttin ever tastes, after being offered some by a mysterious “Professor”. It’s an epiphany, a life-changing moment. From then on, wine becomes Giovanni’s whole life, and he goes in a short time from being a middling employee to the manager of the bank; at the same time, he embarks on a successful parallel career as a womaniser. This new life makes him unfaithful to his wife, as well as the most highly regarded wine connoisseur in Italy.
In order to afford increasingly expensive vintages, he goes from being an honest man to an unscrupulous social climber. And with the limelight come the shadows: the murder of his wife Adele, for which Giovanni is of course the prime suspect. While he is being questioned by the sardonic police chief Sanfelice, force majeur draws Cuttin into the Faustian folds of the warped, indistinct reality he has been possessed by at length, in which truth, dream and illusion dramatically blur and blend into one another. Does something darker lie behind, and beyond, the folly of this passion for wine?
Music by Paolo Fresu and photography of the twice Oscar candidate Dante Spinotti.
DIRECTED BY: Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani
SCREENPLAY: Heidrun Schleef
CAST: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Vincenzo Amato, Lambert Wilson, Pietro Sermonti and Daniela Virgilio
PHOTOGRAPHY: Dante Spinotti
MUSIC: Paolo Fresu
PRODUCED BY: Alba Produzioni, Sandro Frezza and Rossana Seregni – Moodyproduction, Evelina Manna
MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF: Montura
YEAR OF DISTRIBUTION: 2014