EFP Cannes
24 September 2017

The Train to Moscow

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The Train to Moscow (Il treno va a Mosca)

original title:

IL TRENO VA A MOSCA

cast:

Sauro Ravaglia

screenplay:

cinematography:

Andrea Vaccari, Marcello Dapporto, Enzo Pasi, Luigi Pattuelli, Sauro Ravaglia

editing:

production:

Kiné, Apapaja, Home Movies - Archivio Nazionale del Film di Famiglia, Vezfilm, Centro Culturale San Fedele di Milano, Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna, with the support of Fondazione Cariplo Media Program- European Union Documentaristi Emilia-Romagna (D.E.-R.)

country:

Italy/UK

year:

2013

film run:

70'

format:

8mm/HD - colour & b/w

release date:

07/05/2014

festival & awards:

1957. In Alfonsine, one of the many towns in Romagna that was destroyed by the war, the communist barber Sauro Ravaglia and his friends dream of the Soviet Union, the only place where their ideals of peace, brotherhood and equality have come true. When they get the chance to visit Moscow during the World Festival of Youth and Students, the group of friends depart: their expectations are high and they want to bring home as many images as possible of what will be the best trip of their life.

DIRECTOR'S NOTES
“To Sauro, utopia wasn’t only a political idea but a virtually tangible prospect. To us, who grew up in a time when people don’t dream of an ideal society anymore, making a movie like this was an attempt to bring back that dream of utopia we have always pretended to ignore. Even if a bit of nostalgia inevitably comes through, we didn’t want to make a nostalgic movie. The fact that, still today, Sauro is traveling the world over is proof that maybe utopia isn’t a feasible objective, but a life-long search.”