TURIN FILM FESTIVAL 2000: CinemAvvenire Award: Best First Feature Film
VILLERUPT'S ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2001: Jury Prize
CANNES 2001: Directors' Fortnight
SEMANA DEL CINE ITALIANO:
URUGUAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008: The Best Of Youth
MOSTRA DE VALENCIA 2001: In Competition
Cannes 2001 Directors' Fortnight;

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original titleI Nostri Anni
international titleThe Years of Our Love
directed byDaniele Gaglianone
screenplayDaniele Gaglianone, Giaime Alonge
cast

Virgilio Biei, Piero Franzo, Giuseppe Boccalatte, Massimo Miride, Enrico Saletti, Luigi Salerno, Diego Canteri.

cinematographyGherardo Gossi
editingLuca Gasparini
set designValentina Ferroni
costume designMarina Roberti
musicGiuseppe Napoli, Monica Affatato, Massimo Miride, Daniele Gaglianone
soundGiuseppe Napoli
producerGianluca Arcopinto
productionAxelotil - Pablo, Tele +
world salesEllipsis Media International
year2000
national distributionPABLO DISTRIBUZIONE INDIPENDENTE
film run90'
release date2001-05-11
languageItalian
CountryItaly
aspect ratio1:1:66
soundDolby SR
available format35mm, DigiBeta, DVD - B/W
genreDrama
festival & awardsTURIN FILM FESTIVAL 2000: CinemAvvenire Award: Best First Feature Film;
VILLERUPT'S ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2001: Jury Prize;
CANNES 2001: Directors' Fortnight;
SEMANA DEL CINE ITALIANO: "THE BEST OF YOUTH" 2007: Panorama;
URUGUAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2008: The Best Of Youth;
MOSTRA DE VALENCIA 2001: In Competition;
Cannes 2001 Directors' Fortnight;;




Alberto and Natalino are old men who once fought together in the Partisan movement in the Piemonte region together with Silurino. Natalino lives in alone in the mountains while Alberto, a widower, lives in Turin but passes his summers in a little hotel where he meets and makes friends with another old man called Umberto. During the war a few members of their little group of partisans were wounded and while Alberto remained with the wounded, Natalino went to find help.
At one point Alberto leaves the group and that is when the wounded men are found by a group of Italian Fascist soldiers lead by an officer. Alberto watches as the Italians massacre the already wounded Silurino and the others, unable to help in any way. This image still haunts him. From his conversations with Umberto about the war years, Alberto has a terrible realisation: Umberto is none other than the Fascist officer who ordered Silurino and the others to be put to death and he contacts Natalino and tells him of his discovery. The two old men decide to revenge the deaths of their companions by killing Umberto who is paralysed and in a wheelchair…

 

 

"This movie develops from the experiences of people who participated in the liberation war against the Nazis. Events forced these people to act older than their age; in fact, the characters reached old age in the prime of their youth. Every feeling, past and present, corresponds to a different visual construction. The technical approach also parallels the characters' journey to reclaim their old friendship, their lost youth and ultimately, the meaning of life." (Daniele Gaglianone)