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Il Varco
Once More unto the Breach

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En 1941, un soldat italien (de mère ukrainienne) part pour le front russe. Contrairement à ses jeunes compagnons enthousiastes, lui, qui a déjà connu les conflits armés d’Afrique, redoute ce voyage. L’hiver arrive et l’inquiétude grandit. Le désir le plus fort n’est plus celui de la victoire mais celui d’un lit bien chaud du retour au foyer.

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Because of his Russian origins, Italian soldier Romano Isman is called to the front to act as a military interrogator and translator for the fascist bigwigs and the local population. Isman’s narrative mixes a detailed description of the horrors of war and historical testimony with a lyrical disillusioned contemplation on the insignificance of the individual in the midst of war. The filmmaker creates a contrast between historicized illustrative images accompanying the narration of the protagonist and images of modern Ukraine and Russia, which to this day are still dealing with the despair and frustration caused by the events of the twentieth century.

“Il Varco combines found footage of different origins. it's a fictional story populated by presences: ghosts wandering in the Ukrainian steppe, echoes of bloody pasts, and wars still being fought today.
(M. Manzolini, F. Ferrone)

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