From September 29 at the cinema with 01 Distribution Dante, biographical film by Pupi Avati (He still speaks to me) which tells the life of the great poet Dante Alighieri, played by Alessandro Sperduti, told by Giovanni Boccaccio (Sergio Castellitto), first biographer of the father of the Italian language. In his “Trattatello in Laude di Dante”, Boccaccio retraces the events of his human life, a very complex story in a succession of lights and shadows largely destined to remain so.
Plot and Cast
The official plot: September 1350. Giovanni Boccaccio is instructed to bring ten gold florins as symbolic compensation to Sister Beatrice, daughter of Dante Alighieri, a nun in Ravenna in the monastery of Santo Stefano
olive trees. Dante died in exile in 1321 while his fame, thanks to the popularization of the Comedy, spread everywhere. His last twenty years were terrible, in constant flight, seeking hospitality in the various courts, with a sentence to be burned and beheaded both for him and for his sons who in turn fled Florence. Meanwhile, in the Tuscan capital, the balance of power has changed profoundly and the city is seeking a reconciliation, albeit posthumous, with a fellow citizen of such value. The ten florins would be the symbolic compensation for the confiscation of property and the sentence to be burned alive and beheaded nearly half a century earlier by the Florentine municipality. Against this part of the ecclesial world which considers the Comedy as a diabolical work, Giovanni Boccace accepts this mission in the conviction that he can carry out an investigation on Dante which will allow him to tell the human story and the injustices suffered. During his long journey, Boccaccio, in addition to his daughter, will meet those who, in the last years of exile from Ravenna, gave refuge and offered hospitality and who, on the contrary, rejected and put the fleeing exile. Retracing part of Dante’s journey from Florence to Ravenna, stopping in the same convents, in the same villages, in the same castles, at the opening of the same libraries, in the questions he asks and in the answers he he obtains, Boccaccio reconstructs the human story of Dante, to the point of being able to tell us his whole story. The film tells the human story of Dante Alighieri, certainly among the greatest and best known in the world.
The cast of “Dante” includes: Sergio Castellitto (Giovanni Boccaccio), Alessandro Sperduti (the young Dante), Enrico Lo Verso (Donato degli Albanzani), Alessandro Haber (Abbot of Vallombrosa), Gianni Cavina (Piero Giardina), Leopoldo Mastelloni ( Bonifacio VIII), Ludovica Pedetta (Gemma Donati), Romano Reggiani (Guido Cavalcanti), Carlotta Gamba (Beatrice), Paolo Graziosi (Alighiero di Bellincione), Mariano Rigillo (Meneghino Mezzani), Valeria D’Obici (Sister Beatrice), Giulio Pizzirani (Aged Dante), Erica Blanc (Aged Gemma Donati), Morena Gentile (Donna gozzuta), Milena Vukotic (Rigattiera).
Dante – trailers and videos
First official video published on June 21, 2022
The exclusive video of the premiere of #Danteilfilm at the Auditorium della Conciliazione in Rome. Many appearances from the world of entertainment and politics, including the President of the Republic #SergioMattarella.
New official trailer released on July 25, 2022
Official behind the scenes video released on September 15, 2022
- The film is written and directed by Pupi Avati from one of his subjects based on Giovanni Boccace’s “Trattatello in laude di Dante”.
- The film benefited from cinematography by Cesare Bastelli (she still speaks to me), editing by Ivan Zuccon (Il signor diavolo) and costumes by Andrea Sorrentino (Gli anni belli).
- Filming took place over eleven weeks in Umbria, Marche, Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Rome.
- The film, produced by Antonio Avati, is a Duea Film production with Rai Cinema and the contribution of the Ministry of Culture, with the support of the Emilia-Romagna Film Commission.
Wait a long time. Eighteen years before being allowed to make a film. You understood this in 2003 when you wrote the first version of the subject. In the meantime you have done something else, much more, but this commitment with Dante has stayed with you, blocking it, making you feel the passage of time as a fault. Then, finally, you meet those who listen to you and do not delay, those who appreciate the idea and find themselves “unprepared” for this assent, this reception. This is my state of mind today, a few hours from the start of filming. A film about the life of Dante Alighieri is unlikely to happen in today’s Italy where the hierarchies of what matters and who matters are dictated by something else. I don’t dare believe it yet. What made me foresee the possibility of recounting this ineffable human being that was Alighieri, was the discovery of Giovanni Boccace’s mission in 1350: to bring to Ravenna, to Dante’s daughter, a bag of ten florins for compensate her for the evil that the Florentines had done to her father. Most of my narration is therefore due to Boccaccio himself, who was an avid biographer and popularizer of Dante. The rest, on the other hand, is the result of conjectures and suggestions that come to me from twenty years of disparate readings, in a continuous consultation of the eminent artists of Dante mentioned in the exergue. In reality, Dante had entered my life first through the reading of contemporary chroniclers (Villani, Vellluti, Compagni, etc.) and the numerous essays and numerous academic and non-academic biographies. It was these readings that convinced me of how his humanity, although so explicit, remained deep down, very vague… More or less in those years I read “La Vita Nova”, this prosimeter of love that Dante in his twenties finds himself writing the day after Beatrice Portinari’s death. Enough for me to recognize myself in most of the emotions of this distant young man, to try to bring to life, through the sublime of poetry, this celestial being that Béatrice Portinari was for him. Poetry that appears in Dante through the sublimation of pain: the loss of the mother in her childhood, the death of Beatrice in her youth, the condemnation of her best friend to exile in adulthood, unjust damnation, extended to his mature children. It is the confirmation of how much pain promotes the human being towards a superior knowledge. [Pupi Avati]
Treatise in Laude by Dante
In 1350, nearly thirty years after Dante’s death, Boccaccio traveled to Ravenna to bring the poet’s daughter (a nun in a convent in the city of Romagna) 10 gold florins, as compensation from the city of Florence in memory of the father, who died in exile in 1321. In the “Trattatello in laude di Dante”, the first biography of Dante Alighieri, Boccaccio makes a real investigation into the life of the poet and his works, first of all the Comedies (not only transcribed by Certaldese three times in full but also commented on publicly in Florence), offering us a fascinating story, not without shadows and which does not always coincide with that of modern biographical profiles of Dante.
The official synopsis of the book: The “Trattatello” opens a synthetic parable of civilization. Dante’s fate is an example of the “moral plague” afflicting the city. Exiled, victim of time who would have “become god” in another situation. Boccaccio composes a living image of Alighieri and weaves praise from his poetry, sublime because he knows how to “compose writings which, under the veil of literal meaning, conceal philosophical depths, even of theological doctrine”. Boccaccio unites sacred and poetic writing by recalling that a poet is not only the repository of theological wisdom, but also the minister of truth, interpreter and resuscitator of the values of humanitas.
The book “Trattatello in laude di Dante” is available on Amazon.
“Dear Pupi, I am still under the impression of the magnificent film, in which the intertwining between Dante and Boccaccio unfolds with an intense emotional rhythm, supported by all these beautiful images of medieval life, reconstructed in its evidence and in its truth, in its hardness and purity, with such precise illumination of places, situations, customs. In your young Dante, the passion for poetry and life seems suspended in a kind of creative ingenuity, in a gaze continuous on the world in total availability, as if stubbornly looking for something that escapes and gets lost (Sperduti, very good , so many times , looks perplexed and attentive to the movement of life and things and people, participating The research of your young Dante is reproduced in a completely different way, one would say “late”, suggestively “late”, in the movements and postures of your Boccaccio. A Dante and a Boccaccio far from any sculptural character, heroic, hr etoric, but frozen in their modest humanity, within which lies the tension towards what poetry promises more and in which the meaning of life is recognized. Seeing your film was an exceptional visual, sentimental and intellectual experience: and I really hope that it will have the success and the distribution that it deserves”. [Giulio Ferrroni Critico letterario, storico della letteratura, saggista e accademico italiano]
“Dear Maestro, I would like to tell you about the great emotion that your film gave me. The film’s story is of the highest standard, and the re-enactments are extremely accurate. The encounter between Dante and Beatrice as children is very delicate, and the part relating to the young Dante and Beatrice is truly suggestive; beautiful this soft and silent Beatrice, who speaks with her eyes; because in reality the new life tells us about the love of looks and dreams. But two moments seemed to me above all fascinating: the nocturnal conversation between Dante’s daughter and Boccaccio (many will have told him so), and therefore the scene where Boccaccio reads Dante’s letter to Romena: for those who study Dante’s texts, for those who would like to see one of his cards, this Boccaccio who treats the letter as a sacred thing, mixing words and tears, is unforgettable. Sergio Castellitto has an extraordinary humanity, and a deep truth, and makes us an erudite Boccaccio and above all in love with Dante, who owes him the love of poetry, which comes down to telling the meaning of life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, this will remain for us one of the truly beautiful things to keep in mind and in our hearts”. [Giovanna Frosini / Storia della lingua italiana / Direttrice della Scuola di Dottorato Accademica della Crusca Vicepresidente dell’Ente Nazionale Giovanni Boccaccio]
“Well done! A great film. The filmic language is splendid, the script is suggestive, the overall performance is excellent, beyond a few small narrative forcings”. [Enrico Malato / Professore emerito di Letteratura italiana presso l’Università «Federico II». Ideatore e direttore della Storia della letteratura italiana , dei periodici «Filologia e Critica» e «Rivista di studi danteschi»]
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