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An Italian movie "La Meglio Gioventu'/The Best of Youth"(2003)
001-About the movie (IMDB)
 
Overview
User Rating:8.0/10 6,533 votes
MOVIEmeter: Up 9% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:Marco Tullio Giordana

Writers:Sandro Petraglia (writer)
Stefano Rulli (writer)

Contact:View company contact information for The Best of Youth on IMDbPro.
Release Date:22 June 2003 (Italy) more
Genre:Drama | Romance more
Tagline:The possibilities were endless...
Plot:Nicola and Matteo Carati are two brothers of Rome, who live the years from 1966 to 2000 and all the events which have signed this period

Awards:19 wins & 14 nominations more
Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2008 Won Special Condor
To the best foreign video (Mejor videofilm extranjero).
Cannes Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won Un Certain Regard Award
Marco Tullio Giordana

Chlotrudis Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2006 Nominated Chlotrudis Award Best Ensemble Cast

Best Movie

Best Original Screenplay
Sandro Petraglia
Stefano Rulli

C閟ar Awards, France
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Nominated C閟ar Best European Union Film (Meilleur film de l'Union Europ閑nne)
Marco Tullio Giordana
Italy.
David di Donatello Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Won David Best Director (Migliore Regista)
Marco Tullio Giordana

Best Editing (Migliore Montatore)
Roberto Missiroli

Best Film (Miglior Film)
Angelo Barbagallo
Marco Tullio Giordana (director)

Best Producer (Migliore Produttore)
Angelo Barbagallo

Best Screenplay (Migliore Sceneggiatura)
Sandro Petraglia
Stefano Rulli

Best Sound (Migliore Fonico di Presa Diretta)
Fulgenzio Ceccon

Nominated David Best Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)
Luigi Lo Cascio

Best Costume Design (Migliore Costumista)
Elisabetta Montaldo

Best Production Design (Migliore Scenografo)
Franco Ceraolo

Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore non Protagonista)
Fabrizio Gifuni

Best Supporting Actress (Migliore Attrice non Protagonista)
Jasmine Trinca

Denver International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Won People's Choice Award Best Feature-Length Fiction Film
Marco Tullio Giordana

European Film Awards
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Nominated European Film Award Best Actor
Luigi Lo Cascio

Best Director
Marco Tullio Giordana

Best Screenwriter
Sandro Petraglia
Stefano Rulli

Flanders International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2003 Nominated Grand Prix
Marco Tullio Giordana

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Won Silver Ribbon Best Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)
Alessio Boni
Fabrizio Gifuni
Luigi Lo Cascio
Andrea Tidona
To the male cast.
Tied with Roberto Herlitzka for Buongiorno, notte (2003).
Best Actress (Migliore Attrice Protagonista)
Adriana Asti
Sonia Bergamasco
Maya Sansa
Jasmine Trinca
To the female cast.
Best Director (Regista del Miglior Film Italiano)
Marco Tullio Giordana

Best Editing (Miglior Montaggio)
Roberto Missiroli

Best Producer (Migliore Produttore)
Angelo Barbagallo

Best Screenplay (Miglior Sceneggiatura)
Sandro Petraglia
Stefano Rulli

Best Sound (Miglior Sonore in Presa Diretta)
Fulgenzio Ceccon

Nominated Silver Ribbon Best Costume Design (Migliori Costumi)
Elisabetta Montaldo

Palm Springs International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Won Audience Award
Marco Tullio Giordana

Rotterdam International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Won Audience Award
Marco Tullio Giordana

Seattle International Film Festival
Year Result Award Category/Recipient(s)
2004 Won Golden Space Needle Award Best Director
Marco Tullio Giordana

Also Known As (AKA)

The Best of Youth (International: English title)

La mejor juventud Argentina / Spain (first part title)
Nos meilleures années Canada (French title) / France
De b?sta ?ren Finland (Swedish title)
Die besten Jahre Austria
El?m?mme parhaat vuodet Finland
En italiensk familie Denmark (festival title)
Los a?os so?ados Spain (second part title)
O Melhor da Juventude Brazil (cable TV title)
Ta kalytera mas niata Greece (festival title)
The Best of Youth International (English title)
Vores bedste ?r Denmark (TV title)

Country:Italy
Language:Italian
Color:Color
Aspect Ratio:1.66 : 1 more
Sound Mix:Dolby Digital
Certification:Singapore:NC-16 | Argentina:13 | Italy:T | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R (part 1) | USA:R (part 2) | Ireland:15 | Australia:M | Hong Kong:IIA
Filming Locations:Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Company:BiBi Film
Cast (Cast overview, first billed only)
Luigi Lo Cascio ... Nicola Carati
Alessio Boni ... Matteo Carati
Adriana Asti ... Adriana Carati
Sonia Bergamasco ... Giulia Monfalco
Fabrizio Gifuni ... Carlo Tommasi

Maya Sansa ... Mirella Utano
Valentina Carnelutti ... Francesca Carati
Jasmine Trinca ... Giorgia
Andrea Tidona ... Angelo Carati
Lidia Vitale ... Giovanna Carati
Claudio Gioè ... Vitale Micavi
Paolo Bonanni ... Luigino
Mario Schiano ... Medicine Professor
Giovanni Scifoni ... Berto
Michele Melega ... Literature Professor


Plot: Nicola and Matteo Carati are two brothers of Rome, who live the years from 1966 to 2000 and all the events which have signed this period. They begin their adventure, helping Giorgia, a young girl confined in an asylum. Then, after the flood of Florence, Nicola meets Giulia a talented piano player with a dangerous sympathy for the BR. Alessio, a rebel spirit entered in the police, will find the optimistic photographer Mirella. These four characters and many others will cross the years of terrorism and Tangentopoli. Written by ltj36

Chronological, from 1963 until 2003, moving around Italy, from Rome to the floods of Florence in 1966, student unrest in Turin, Mafia murders in Palermo, chance in Milan, plus two trips to Norway. Brothers Matteo and Nicola, of opposite temperament, try to free Giorgia, a teen, from a mental institution: their failure leads Nicola into psychiatry and Matteo to the police. In Florence, Nicola meets Giulia, a musician and leftist whose Red Brigade ties drive them apart after they have a child. In Palermo, Matteo meets Mirella, a photographer; they connect again in Rome. The film explores love, family, friendship, politics, mental illness, tragedy, and opportunities to forgive and to heal. Written by {jhailey@hotmail.com}

Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, this passionate epic follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history. In a final period of hopeful innocence, free-spirited Nicola travels the world and settles for a life as a successful psychiatrist, while his tragically introverted and idealist brother Matteo joins the Italian police with the hope of righting society's wrongs. Their politics and personalities are inextricably intertwined as the world around them violently shifts and they are pushed together and pulled apart by the tides of history and their own divergent dreams. Written by bondish

User Comments

Author: Paolo A. Gardinali from United States

In "La miglior Gioventu'" Marco Tullio Giordana attempts something quite ambitious: a "Novecento part 3" covering nearly 40 years of Italian history from 1966 to the present day. And that's the controversial, current history that will never make the books, the 40 years that dramatically changed Italy from the rural, ravaged, divided post war country through the illusory economic boom, the equally delusional insurgent years 1968 to 1977, and the more recent events.

Summarizing so much in raises more than one structural problem even for such a long movie: how to confine the action in some post-Aristotelian unit of extended family and friends? Giordana chooses an "intimate" perspective, starting the story from quite an unexpected angle of ordinary bourgeoisie and mental illness, and using it later as the key to his whole work.

Like in the "Hundred Steps" the first shots are of hope, with a great imitation of the Technicolor years and the skies of Rome with the "House of the Rising Sun" in the background. The unique events of one summer, 1966, bring two brothers and their friends inevitably and forever apart, each one of them stealing away a piece of the collective soul of that Italy that is about to change.

But in the Hundred Steps, Luigi Lo Cascio dies as Peppino Impastato, a martyr of the open rebellion to the "muro di gomma" of the invisible mafia control outside of Palermo. How vain is that sacrifice appears clearer in the first part of the Best of Youth, where Nicola gradually diverges from her partner Giulia, soon to disappear in the clandestine world of terrorist subversions of the "lead years." About that he writes of the idea of transforming the institutions from within. A necessary, painful transformation that often sees the brothers on the opposite ends of the spectrum, and the law.

LoCascio is excellent, as usual, a young De Niro with extra depth. Less effective is Alessio Boni, a TV actor in the admittedly difficult role of the brother Matteo, while Jasmine Trinca (Irene in The Son's Room) is unbelievably good as Giorgia, the mentally disturbed young woman whose sudden appearance in the life of Nicola and Matteo rolls the dice of history and guides each one of them on a different and possibly irreconcilable path. Trinca as Giorgia plays with silences and the averted gaze, a mute witness to the interior tragedy of Matteo: in an unforgettable scene matteo talks by himself about Giorgia's absence and inability to communicate, and we all realize he is really talking about himself, "matto" Matteo as she reveals with her first words after the long silence of forced confinement. (here)

 
002-The six-hour Italian family saga is as fine as filmmaking gets (Los Angeles Times)
 
The six-hour Italian family saga is as fine as filmmaking gets.
By Kenneth Turan
Times Staff Writer

Los Angeles Times

March 18, 2005

Intimate, epochal, quietly unforgettable, "The Best of Youth" defies logic and expectation. Made for Italian television with no thought of export, it shouldn't have captivated the exclusive international film festival world,but it did. Clocking in at an almost unplayable six hours, it shouldn't be in a coveted Los Angeles theater like Laemmle's Royal, but it is. Those who
see it will, quite frankly, not believe their luck. It is that satisfying,that engrossing, that good.

Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana from a 600-page script by Sandro Petraglia and Stefano Rulli, "Youth's" story compellingly intertwines one family's personal narrative with nearly 40 years of the defining events of recent Italian history, constructing a story line whose various threads play out masterfully from the mid-1960s to just about today. (The film will screen in two three-hour segments, which can be viewed over one or two days)

Rather than pushing the envelope to terra incognita, "Youth's" creative team has concentrated on pushing a different kind of envelope, on making mainstream, traditional cinema as good as they possibly can. This is a kind of filmmaking we've almost forgotten exists: serious, adult storytelling on a grand scale that deals with intensely dramatic events unrolling like
a carpet whose rich patterns are a source of continual delight.

Despite its strengths, if not for a series of fortunate events "Youth" would never have spread its wings. An Italian scout for Cannes tipped the festival off to the film's qualities, and it appeared in the Un Certain Regard section in 2003, where it was the surprise jury prize winner.

Just as surprising, the film's emotional impact reduced normally hard-bitten Cannes audiences to tears. Miramax boldly took notice (six-hour films are not easy to distribute), as did the New York and Telluride film festivals and theatrical distributors in Italy, where the film did remarkably well on the big screen before finally appearing on television (in four 90-minute
installments) considerably later than anyone anticipated.

The qualities that caused this success start with the remarkable scope of "Youth's" story, which is basically the story of the generation that came of age in the cataclysmic 1960s. Though the film's events are specifically Italian, the overarching turmoil and upheaval, and the sense of living in tumultuous times rife with social and political crisis, have parallels everywhere.
Given that American culture is convinced it all but invented the '60s, it's more than a little ironic that the great film about that period should come
from somewhere else.

Sensitively personalizing this story, elaborating on its themes of the strength of family and the necessity of embracing life, was the veteran Italian writing team of Petraglia and Rulli, whose credits include Gianni Amelio's memorable "Stolen Children."

Their "Youth" screenplay focuses on the Carati family, giving time to both parents and all four offspring but concentrating on the two middle children, brothers only one year apart in age, the warm and lively Nicola (Luigi Lo Cascio) and the more reserved Matteo (Alessio Boni).

We begin in the summer of 1966, when the brothers' university studies (Nicola's field is medicine, Matteo's literature) are about to take a seasonal break. But Matteo's chance encounter with Giorgia (Jasmine Trinca), a disturbed, ethereally beautiful young patient in a psychiatric hospital, ends up having a profound effect on both brothers' lives, underlining the social order's injustices and compelling them to confront and change society in ways that couldn't be more different in approach and results.

One of the great virtues of "Youth's" length is its refusal to be rushed into establishing character. We reconnect to its protagonists at a series of crossroads in their lives, as they attempt to find and define themselves against the backdrop of changing times. While they make decisions about love, career, the essential stuff of life, we see how difficult it is to know which choice to make, how simple actions can have unexpected consequences. Everyone we meet becomes over time not only older but more complex than the person we initially encountered.

Superior acting is essential in making all this happen, and "The Best of Youth" is filled with uniformly strong performances, too many to do justice to in a finite space. Special mention obviously must go to Lo Cascio, the film's emotional center, and Boni, who plays a character so convincingly enigmatic that we never feel we completely understand him no matter how desperately
we want to.

Fans of Nanni Moretti's "The Son's Room" will remember actress Trinca, whose haunting, hunted look is one of the film's touchstones. Also excellent are the two actresses Sonia Bergamasco and Maya Sansa, whose characters play important roles in the brothers' lives. In some ways towering over everyone as the family matriarch is the veteran Adriana Asti, whose career extends
back more than 40 years to another family epic, Visconti's "Rocco and His Brothers," and whose work for directors like Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci gives her both unquestioned authority and impeccable skill.

Directing a film this ambitious, a film that could easily have turned into a standard miniseries, is a feat both logistically and emotionally, and Giordana, whose last work was the well-received "The Hundred Steps," has met both challenges admirably.

Working closely with cinematographer Roberto Forza, who made good use of close-ups and who shot in Super 16 millimeter later blown up to 35 millimeter, Giordana oversaw a no-frills 24-week shoot that utilized some 240 sets and had actors noticeably change age not once but several times.

On an emotive level, Giordana's direction is a case study in the effectiveness of faultlessly unobtrusive work. All characters, no matter what their actions, are allowed the same dignity and respect. This phenomenal decency and careful intelligence run through the film and give everything the unmistakable texture of reality. And restraint with the story's periodically sensational material allows the heart-stopping, melodramatic things that tend to happen in multipart family sagas to convince rather than turn us off.

"The Best of Youth" also does a persuasive job of working the events of the day into its story. There are small moments that might go unnoticed, such as Italians listening to their World Cup team on the radio, and major situations ? cataclysmic floods in Florence, industrial unrest in Turin, the government's fight with the Mafia in Palermo. Also represented are countrywide
movements such as the struggle for legal rights for mental patients (the screenwriters made a documentary on it, "Fit to Be Untied," in 1975) and the depredations of the murderous Red Brigades.

Despite its length, "The Best of Youth" (the title comes from a Pasolini poetry collection as well as an old Italian song) is characterized by its determination to pay attention to detail. The smallest roles are memorably cast (director Giordana says he chooses even the extras personally), and the film's sense of the music of the period ? from the Four Tops' "Reach
Out I'll Be There" to Dinah Washington's "Time After Time" to excerpts from Georges Delerue's "Jules and Jim" score and Fausto Leali's Italian jukebox hit "A Chi" ? is immaculate.

Like all great popular melodramas, "The Best of Youth" has a pull that is strong enough to be classified as gravitational. Its length enables us to be involved in its characters' lives to a thrilling extent, and its warmth and intimacy, its belief that, as one character says, "What is the purpose of life but to live?" make that involvement worthwhile. The hectic nature of our contemporary lives means that one day might not be enough to experience this multi-hour epic, but no matter. Commit two nights to this exceptional film, and remember it for a lifetime.(here)

 
003-The director Marco Tullio Giordana
 
 
Overview
Date of Birth:1 October 1950, Milan, Italy more
Trivia:Frequently casts Alessio Boni. more
STARmeter: Up 15% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Awards:20 wins & 9 nominations more
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Jump to filmography as: Director, Writer, Miscellaneous Crew, Self
Director:
  1. Sanguepazzo (2008)
    ... aka Une histoire italienne (France)
    ... aka Wild Blood (International: English title: festival title)
  2. Quando sei nato non puoi pi nasconderti (2005)
    ... aka Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide (UK)
    ... aka Une fois que tu es n... (France)
  3. La meglio giovent (2003)
    ... aka The Best of Youth (International: English title)
  4. I cento passi (2000)
    ... aka One Hundred Steps (Canada: English title) (International: English title)
    ... aka 100 Steps (International: English title)
    ... aka The Hundred Steps (International: English title)

  5. Scarpette bianche (1996) (TV)
  6. Pasolini, un delitto italiano (1995)
    ... aka Pasolini, an Italian Crime
    ... aka Pasolini, mort d'un po鵷e (France)
    ... aka Who Killed Pasolini?
  7. L'unico paese al mondo (1994)
  8. La domenica specialmente (1991) (segment "La neve sul fuoco")
    ... aka Especially on Sunday (USA)
    ... aka Le dimanche de pr閒閞ence (France)

  9. Appuntamento a Liverpool (1988)
  10. Notti e nebbie (1984) (TV)
  11. La caduta degli angeli ribelli (1981)
  12. Maledetti vi amer (1980)
    ... aka To Love the Damned (International: English title)
Writer:
  1. Sanguepazzo (2008) (writer)
    ... aka Une histoire italienne (France)
    ... aka Wild Blood (International: English title: festival title)
  2. Quando sei nato non puoi pi nasconderti (2005) (screenplay)
    ... aka Once You're Born You Can No Longer Hide (UK)
    ... aka Une fois que tu es n... (France)
  3. I cento passi (2000) (writer)
    ... aka One Hundred Steps (Canada: English title) (International: English title)
    ... aka 100 Steps (International: English title)
    ... aka The Hundred Steps (International: English title)

  4. Scarpette bianche (1996) (TV) (writer)
  5. Pasolini, un delitto italiano (1995) (writer)
    ... aka Pasolini, an Italian Crime
    ... aka Pasolini, mort d'un po鵷e (France)
    ... aka Who Killed Pasolini?
  6. Sabato italiano (1992) (screenplay)
    ... aka Italian Saturday

  7. Appuntamento a Liverpool (1988) (writer)
  8. Notti e nebbie (1984) (TV) (writer)
  9. La caduta degli angeli ribelli (1981) (writer)
  10. Maledetti vi amer (1980) (writer)
    ... aka To Love the Damned (International: English title)
  11. Car Crash (1980) (writer)
    ... aka Carrera salvaje (Mexico) (Spain)
    ... aka Car Crash (International: English title)

  12. Forza Italia! (1978) (screenplay)
Miscellaneous Crew:
  1. Un mondo diverso possibile (2001) (support)
    ... aka Another World Is Possible (USA)
Self:
  1. Il cineasta e il labirinto (2004) .... Himself
    ... aka The Filmmaker and the Labyrinth (International: English title)
 
 
 
 
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