by Marzia De Giuli
VENICE, Italy, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- A dignified heroism in everyday life was the positive answer of "L'intrepido" (A lonely hero), directed by Gianni Amelio, to the social concerns for the economic crisis affecting the weakest links in Italian society.
In the world premiere, which was screened at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, popular actor Antonio Albanese is a disgraced man (Antonio Pane) who makes a living taking over the jobs of people who have to be absent for one reason or another.
"L'intrepido" is set in the present day, in Italy's business capital Milan shot at its very worst, where Antonio works hard and honestly, and is a happy man in his own way, with little. When his 20-year-old son, who studies the saxophone and is headed for a job he loves, sabotages himself with panic attacks and a reputation for being unreliable, his father gives him a boost towards the future.
"It is a necessary boost towards the future that our generation gives to the new one, which is more fragile ... We have this responsibility as we had some setbacks but we do not know what kind of setbacks the new youngsters will have," the director told a press conference. He described his film as a "fairy tale" which "punches in the stomach, stirs up anger."
The difficult economic and social times faced by the Mediterranean country are at the center of all the three Italian movies competing for the coveted Golden Lion at the 70th edition of the festival, which runs from Aug. 28 to Sept. 7.
"Via Castellana Bandiera" is the debut feature film of Sicilian director Emma Dante, which is based on her novel of the same title and tells the silent duel of two stubborn women in a timeless Sicily, like the Far West. The third Italian entry is the documentary "Sacro GRA," directed by Gianfranco Rosi, about lives around the ring road in the periphery of Rome.
However, showing an opposite trend to what has been defined by the festival's director Alberto Barbera as "a film festival of the crisis and its fallout in terms of values, models, behaviors and relationships," "L'intrepido" ends with a happy surprise.
Amelio, the latest Italian director who won the Golden Lion in 1998, said that by bringing this story to Venice he wanted to transmit positive element, because it is in any case necessary to "be intrepid" and get out of bed every day with a reason for doing so and a smile.
"My movie is a hymn to human dignity, I did not want to make a film of social protest or feeling sorry for myself," he stressed.
The 68-year-old director also added that the title was inspired by a weekly magazine that he loved when he was a child. "It told fanciful stories but I thought that was life. I waited from week to week for the next installment of the adventure, for the necessity of a happy ending, just like now," he said.