The film with which an internationally renowned director made his name
A profound love story worked around the drama of war
Great performances perfectly reflect the violent and delicate setting
Valerio Zurlini is now widely recognised as a great director in Italy and abroad. Estate violenta is the film with which he started to spread his wings and gave free rein to his unique creativity, unlike that of any director of his or any other time. A film where the characters are trying to stay afloat in an age of destruction, where unspoken words and barely perceptible gestures are more powerful than explicit declarations, and where private and unexpected feelings fight in vain against the crushing weight of history. Zurlini’s cinema is extraordinarily delicate and at the same time violent, and this reverberates in the powerful performances of the actors.
Summer 1943. The son of a high-ranking Fascist is on holiday at the seaside town of Riccione, when he falls in love with the thirty-something widow of a war hero. In the chaotic days following the fall of Mussolini, they begin a passionate relationship. They try to escape on a train to Veneto, but the tracks are destroyed in an aerial bombardment. The young man, who has so far avoided military conscription, hears the call of duty and decides to join the army and face his destiny.