Il castello

by Massimo D'Anolfi

Documentary | Italy | 2011 | DigiBeta | 88 min.

saturday 14 july
TORREGLIA, Villa dei Vescovi
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Il castello describes Malpensa airport, a place where bureaucracy, procedure and control put a strain on the liberty of people, animals and goods that transit there. The airport is a strategic place, where all the security forces of a country are brought together. Here new forms of control are experimented: this is a permanent laboratory on security, like no other place can be. Italian and international secret services, border police, Guardia di Finanza, Carabinieri, security guards, sniffer dogs, cash dogs and explosive-detection dogs, cameras everywhere and a constant fear that some unknown danger is coming. The observation of the work of the security forces composes, in four parts, the picture of a frontier.




Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti are both directors and producers and they have been working together since 2006, thanks to their film production studio Montmorency Film. In 2011 they made the documentary Il Castello, shot in one year within the intercontinental airport of Malpensa. The film, co-produced by Montmorency Film and Rai Cinema with the contribution of Lines, was presented in world preview at the International Festival Vision du Reèl of Nyon and won the Jury Prize at the International Festival Hot Docs of Toronto, the Jury Prize at the EIDF of Seoul, Best Photography at the IDA AWARD of Los Angeles, the Jury Prize at the Turin Film Festival, the Prize Avanti at the Turin Film Festival, the Aamod Prize and the Doc/It professional Award. The film was sent to all the major international film festivals and was sold all over the world: Italy, Canada, Finland, Poland, Mexico, Israel, France, Germany, Korea etc. Grandi speranze, made in 2009, is a documentary on the young Italian entrepreneurs. The protagonists are Antonio Ambrosetti, Federico Morgantini and Matteo Storchi and was shot between Italy and China. Produced by Montmorency and Rai Cinema with the contribution of Lines, the documentary was presented in world preview at the International Film Festival of Locarno and then it was screened in the world’s most important international film festivals. In addition to Italian television, the film was also bought by Al Jazeera. In 2007 the directors made I promessi sposi, a docu-comedy on Italian couples who are about to marry. The documentary, presented in world preview at the International Film Festival of Locarno, was also awarded as Best Film at the International Filmmaker Festival of Milan and at the Festival dei Popoli of Florence and screened at film festivals all over the world.


Massimo D'Anolfi
Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Massimo D'Anolfi
Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti
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Montmorency Film
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