Directed by Roberto Faenza
With Alessandro Preziosi, Lando Buzzanca, Cristiana Capotondi, Guido Caprino and Lucia Bosè
Produced by Jean Vigo Italia, Rai Cinema, Rai Fiction, ICC Istitut del Cinema Català and Vip Medienfonds 2
Roberto Faenza’s direction re-discovers the novel by Federico De Roberto, a fierce fresco of shocking modernity about family, church and state. A powerful Sicilian family where the father, a superstitious tyrant, takes away from his daughter the right to love. A monastery where the monks live with their lovers. The birth of politics in the name of corruption and opportunism. A spectacular fresco, a most cruel radiography of the vices of Italians. The director benefits from a magnificent technical cast, from the costumes designed by 4 times Oscar®winning Milena Canonero, to the baroque settings of Francesco Frigeri, production designer of the TV series The Name of the Rose, to a chorus of interpreters in perfect balance between good and evil, realism and magic.