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"Un mare di libri" awards Villaggio, Bolognini and Montaldo

Civitavecchia, October (R.Mil.)

"Fantozzi dietro le quinte: oltre la maschera, la vita vera di Paolo Villaggio" by Elisabetta Villaggio (Baldini and Castoldi) has won the "Un Mare di Libri" award, the literary section curated by Marina Marucci of the International Tour Film Festival of Civitavecchia founded and chaired by Piero Pacchiarotti. "Paolo Villaggio lived the life he wanted, built a job he loved, was successful and earned well, as his daughter Elisabetta reminds us without mincing words - underlines Laura Delli Colli in the preface - so much so that he could even squander with joy, as he wanted, the money that gave him fame. What more could you ask from a life that his Fantozzi couldn't even have imagined?" The Jury, chaired by Graziano Marraffa, founder and President of the Historical Archive of Italian Cinema, also awarded Andrea Pergolari, author of “Mauro Bolognini e gli intellettuali del Novecento” (Rubbettino e Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia). The director, who passed away in 2001, had an intense and lively relationship with the intellectuals of his time, which produced one of the most original and nonconformist paths in Italian cinema. The recognition also went to Massimo Recchioni for “Una svedese in guerra. La storia de ‘L’Agnese va a morire’” (Publisher Solfanelli), the first film about the Resistance, signed in 1976 by Giuliano Montaldo (who left us in September) and based on the autobiographical novel of the partisan Renata Viganò. The Swede referred to in the title is Ingrid Thulin (also deceased), who in the film plays Agnese and who in 1962 was on the set of Mauro Bolognini's film "Agostino – La perdita dell’innocenza”". The award ceremony of the "Un mare di Libri" Prize in the hands of the three winners had a theatrical prelude with a fantasy tale by Valeria Moretti entitled "Altrove" published in the book "Arripizzari" (Le Commari Edizioni) edited by Alma Daddario. The protagonist was Paul Gauguin, the French painter perpetually on the run, not only from his homeland, in search of freedom and inspiration: from Paris to Denmark, from Panama to Martinique, from Tahiti to Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands fourteen hundred kilometers from Polynesia, where he died in 1903 at the age of 55. He was portrayed by Giuliano Bruzzese with the musical accompaniment of Vanja Sturno. This was followed by a reading by the author herself, Valeria Moretti, entitled "Il corpo delle donne": a tribute to the many female figures whose names are carved into history, but also to the many persecuted and violated whose names are all too often forgotten.

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