By Gianni AURELI


First film - Completed 2019

Italy, 1928: Fascism closes all the youth associations except Balilla, but a group of scouts refuse to lost their freedom and establish a clandestine resistance to the dictatorship.

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • First film, Historical, Action/Adventure
    • Countries
    • ITALY
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 108 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gianni AURELI
    • Synopsis
    • October, 1945. During the night in the mountains, Don Giovanni takes a Nazi officer escaping from partisans. They climb up the mountains in the direction of Switzerland.
      Milan, May 1928. Fascism has just decreed the end of all youth organizations in Italy, except the Balilla National Opera. The ASCI – Italian Catholic Scout Association - is also prohibited. In the parish of S.Sepolcro, Giulio, Andrea, Mario, Vittorio, Fracassi and Tulin de l’Oli in scout uniforms listen to the radio powerless news of the dissolution, but in the same place, Ciacio makes its Wolf Scout promise, the first of a clandestine scout generation. Giulio proposes to carry out scouting activities despite everything, the others agree and follow him. A few days later they organized the first clandestine week end. From Milan they take the bus for a valley that Fracassi discovered, the Val Codera, reachable only by foot with three hours of walking. Here Giulio proposes to have a battle name: the Stray Eagles, a clandestine scout group, is now emerging to continue pursuing scout values ​​despite the fascist bans. Each of the boys gets a battlefield name. A few months later, in Milan, the group realized the first "official" mock at the regime; during the Nazi demonstration in honor of Admiral Horty, Giulio, Fracassi and Andrea go undisturbed on the poles to make the scout sign, despite of Elena, Fracassi girlfriend, trying to stop them.
      Giulio, Andrea and Tulin de l'Oli participate in the V Jamboree, the meeting of scouts around the world. Here they meet Baden Powell, British general, founder of Scouting, who urged them to keep the flame of scouting alive, entrusting Giulio the official assignment to appoint future Italian leaders. While Giulio is coming back home on a bicycle, he is surprised by the fascists, staggered and left on the road.
      Milan is under the control of the Germans and the Republic of Salo member. It is necessary to start taking action, starting with the rescue of a Jewish child, Gabriele, whose escape is organized with the help of Don Giovanni inside the hospital in Milan. Stray Eagles start collaborating with OSCAR - Opera Scout Catholic Aid Resistance, an organization providing false documents and help people escape from the Nazi- fascist. The Eagles begin to save anyone who is persecuted, through the mountain trails that lead from Lombardy to Switzerland. Meanwhile, the resistance began. Some of the Eagles are already in war, among them is Fracassi. Elena, for the memory of her boyfriend, becomes a courier for the partisans, then died in a fascist trap. Don Giovanni is surprised by nazi and tortured, till they decide to send him in Germany; he can escape from the trunk and be safe in the woods. The war is about to end, and some of the Eagles find themselves in Milan.
      October 1945: Don Giovanni leaves the nazi officer in Switzerland to be judged. Then we can see new scout promises in Val Codera, finally free to be showed.
    • Partners & financing
    • Italian Ministry of culture; Istituto Luce - Cinecittà for the italian distribution; Lombardy regional film commission; AGESCI - Italian Association of Catholic Scouts
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 30, 2018
    • End of shooting
    • Aug 31, 2018