Il vento fa il suo giro - E l'aura fai son vir
(The Wind Blows Round,
Directed by Giorgio Diritti.
Starring Thierry Toscan, Alessandra Agosti, Dario Anghilante, Giovanni Foresti.
Italian and Occitan dialogues, with English subtitles
The film will be followed by a discussion with the director in person
on new Italian cinema.
Diritti's film is in competition for the NICE City of Florence Award at the 2006 edition of New Italian Cinema.
Giorgio Diritti's strongly felt first feature, The Wind Blows Round, takes us to a tiny mountain hamlet near the French border, where the Provencal or Occitan language is still spoken. In the name of cultural preservation, it has become a mere attraction for summer tourists. The villagers, set in their ways, are shaken to the core when French goatherd Philippe (Thierry Toscan), his young wife Chris (Alessandra Agosti) and their children decide to move in. What happens next is told with a subtle and knowing hand. Stunning landscapes form a dramatic background to an extremely topical story of intolerance and its evil fruit.
Giorgio Diritti developed his career working with Italian directors, in particular with Pupi Avati. He also made a number of film castings in Emilia Romagna, among these La Voce della Luna by Federico Fellini. He joined the activity of Ipotesi Cinema, an institution coordinated by Ermanno Olmi to train young authors. As a director he produced numerous documentaries and works for television programs. His first documentary A Sailor Hat was chosen for competitions in many European Festivals such as the Clermont Ferrand festival.
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Last updated November 6, 2006 by Andrea Trave