ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH

IL VARCO

By Federico FERRONE, Michele MANZOLINI

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Experimental - Completed 2019

1941. An Italian soldier heads to the Eastern Front, the bloodiest theater of conflict of World War II.
2018. Another war starts in the same area, reopening old wounds in Europe.

Festivals
& Awards

Thessaloniki IFF 2019
Film Market Films
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia 2019
Sconfini
Festival du Cinema Italien de Annecy 2019
International Competition, Special Mention
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2019
Opus Bonum
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (online) 2021
Doc Market Films
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Experimental, Historical, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • ITALY, RUSSIA
    • Languages
    • ITALIAN
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Federico FERRONE, Michele MANZOLINI
    • Producer(s)
    • Claudio GIAPPONESI (KINÉ SOCIETÀ COOPERATIVA)
    • Synopsis
    • An Italian soldier, born to a Russian mother, is called to the Eastern Front. As a speaker of Russian, he is one of the few Italian soldiers who can communicate with enemy prisoners and the local population. The horrors of war and the ghosts of a hostile land encroach upon him and it is clear that an “easy” victory was just an illusion. In a last desperate attempt to escape his fate, he decides to desert. Like thousands of other fellow soldiers, his body will disappear in the frost of Ukrainian winter. Seventy years later, those same places are again the scene of war, destruction and death.