PLOT : In the late 1950s, the citizens of Africo, Aspromonte mobilize to build a road for the small, isolated town, after a woman dies during child birth when a doctor fails to arrive on time. Arriving to the village at this time is Giulia, a schoolteacher from the North who has made it her goal to teach standard Italian to Africo’s children, and to promote cultural cohesion with Africo and the rest of Italy. Everyone’s plans are put in peril, however, by the presence of Don Totó, a member of the mafia who hopes to impede the town’s progress, and keep them under his control. The latest feature film from Mimmo Calopresti, Aspromonte is a story of strength and solidarity, and showcases how powerful a community can be when its people band together and collectively pursue the common good.
Mimmo Calopresti. Born in Polistena, Italy, in 1955, Domenico “Mimmo” Calopresti spent much of his young life with the Italian far-left movement “Lotta Continua.” After his time with the organization, he began his career at the Audiovisual Archive of the Workers and Democratic Movement, with whom he won an award at the Turin Youth Film Festival in 1985.In 1998, Calopresti released La parola amore esiste, starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, star of Aspromonte, who would go on to work with Calopresti on many projects.He would become both a participant and a member of the jury at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, and in 2006 would release Volevo solo vivere, a Holocaust documentary that demonstrated the inevitable influence of his political views on his work. Calopresti has worked with various filmmakers over the past decade as both a director and an actor.
Length 1h 27min
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Marcello Fonti, Francesco Colella, Marco Leonardi, Sergio Rubini, Fabrizio Gifuni, Elisabetta Gregoraci,
Production IIF –Lucisano Media Group, Rai Cinema