Tolfa Short Film Festival

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The Silver Ribbon story in a movie directed by Antonello Sarno. A historic ride in 70 years of cinema and from awards to Anna Magnani and Roberto Rossellini to Golden Ribbon for Stefania Sandrelli, awarded recently in May 31 in Rome. Edited with footage and newsreel period and beyond, this movie narrates our past but also, with a viewpoint from cinema, Italian Republic from its birth in 1946, the same year when SNGCI (Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani) was born.

Taormina, July 2 – An extemporaneous poetry created and played by a young Alberto Sordi in 1946 with awarding of the first Silver Ribbon at the Hotel de Russie in Rome; Anna Magnani and Vittorio De Sica pinning the Ribbon on the lapel of the jacket (first Ribbon then came a silver frame with the inscription). So it opens "Nastri 70 - Argento Vivo" documentary produced by SNGCI and directed by Antonello Sarno to celebrate 70 years of Syndicate and Silver Ribbon Awards born in the same year. A historic ride with footage and newsreel period (and beyond) edited with a soundtrack directly selected by director Sarno. Our country and its costume and politic changes through the years; cinema was seen after war as a great opportunity of redemption, bringing to audience movies that made history of italian cinema.

A reel of awards that take us to Ribbon of nowadays through recent footage of Kevin Costner and Stefania Sandrelli receiving Golden Ribbon at Maxxi in may 31.

Among many names in this historic reel: Andrea Checchi, Lea Padovani, Gino Cervi also Clift, Mirna Loy, Anthony Quinn, William Holden, Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina, Virna Lisi, Kirk Douglas, Totò withFranca Faldini, Silvana Mangano, Anna Maria Pierangeli, Gina Lollobrigida, Dino De Laurentiis, Carlo Ponti, Goffredo Lombardo, Sandra Milo, Nino Manfredi, Vittorio Gassman, Ugo Tognazzi, Valentina Cortese, Jack Basehart, Claudia Cardinale, Luchino Visconti, Paolo Stoppa, Armando Trovajoli, Nino Rota, Giancarlo Giannini and Mariangela Melato, Aldo Fabrizi, Ettore Scola, Age, Pietro Germi, Stefania Sandrelli, Marcello Mastroianni, Monica Vitti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carlo Di Palma, Mario and Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Massimo Troisi, Francesco Nuti, Roberto Benigni, Sophia Loren, Roman Polanski, Pedro Almodovar,Tom Cruise.

The movie is directed by Antonello Sarno and edited by Stefano Farruggia with footage from archive of Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Teche Rai and RTI.




Director notes

"Nastri 70- argento vivo" it's my thirty-five work in a career between short and documentary movies.

I belong to syndicate since many years and this documentary made me mostly proud of in its implementation and with a hard challenging to make because of serious personal problems, but mainly in the result: a small 30-minute film dedicated to 70 years of Silver Ribbons, a prize that has always been able to see and recognize emerging talent and - just look at these footage - new creative trends earlier than most...indeed, than all. In fact Italian film journalists have written history of Italian cinema before on newspapers, then came radio, TV and today on the web. A cinema told the story of this country, for better or worse.

Nastri 70 is "tale ... of these tales." Or at least about most intense moments of history represented by assignments of Silver Ribbons. Year after year, by an independent syndicate without industry behind and saints in heaven, but firmly determined to say on the quality of movies and its protagonists since 1946, when our cinema was just being reborn.

A funny and touching story about these Silver Ribbon Awards: it was a pleasure and an honour for me to narrate this story because (like it or not) Italian cinema is a family, and not so great.

For this, as a strictly personal reason, I would dedicate my work to Ettore Scola.