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Marco Tullio Giordana

La meglio gioventù (Best of youth)

366' - 2003 - Drama, Romance - Dialogue: Norwegian, Italian, English
Director: Marco Tullio Giordana With: Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Sonia Bergamasco

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. La Meglio Gioventù is the title of a collection of Friulan poetry by Pasolini; and the title of an old song sung bye the Alpini. It is a broad fresco of albeit in a voice that is sometimes off-key, a generation that has tried not to become resigned to the world as it is, but to leave it a little better off than they found it. The film won the 'Un Certain Regard - Atladis Award' at the Cannes Film Festival this year.

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Marco Tullio Giordana


Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Sonia Bergamasco


Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli

Director of Photography

Roberto Forza


Roberto Forza


Angelo Barbagallo

Non-original music

Marco Tullio Giordana

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Norwegian, Italian, English

Countries of production




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