Belleville (1998)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 5, 2014 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Bhob Stewart

After short films, videos, commercials, and work as an assistant director, Marco Turco made his directorial debut with this Italian drama set during the '80s in a community of former Italian terrorists in the Paris section of Belleville. After journalist Jacopo (Massimo Bellinzoni) attends the wedding of his exiled older brother Dario (Ennio Fantastichini), he stays on, taping video interviews with Dario's past associates. This is material Jacopo intends to use in an article he's writing, but group members become suspicious. The hostility heightens after Jacopo grows close to Eugenia (Isabella Ferrari), who once teamed with Dario for a hit on an Italian industrialist. Meanwhile, Dario is overcome by the realization that his young daughter is beginning to learn the truth about his past. The screenplay is based on Turco's 1996 documentary about political refugees in Paris. Shot with a 16mm blow-up to 35mm, the music track combines the percussive jazz of Riccardo Fassi with moody Steve Lacy sax solos. Shown at the 1998 Venice Film Festival.