2014 | ORIGINAL TITLE: IL GIOVANE FAVOLOSO | DIRECTED BY: MARIO MARTONE | 143 MIN
l giovane favoloso is a 2014 Italian drama film directed by Mario Martone. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. It was also screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
The film tells the story of the short life of the great Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. He was a noble, born in Recanati, and soon began to study Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic and English in the rich library of his palace that his father built. Giacomo, however, possessing an inquisitive, restless spirit, wanted to travel abroad to widen his views and enrich his knowledge, as was usual for European nobles in the 19th century, though this desire was at odds with his parents. So the poet began to write his first works reflecting on the human condition, coming to the conclusion that unhappiness is a constant factor of human existence, and that in life there is no remedy for this problem. In the 1820s Leopardi did finally leave his native Recanati and began to travel. He finally moved to Naples where he spent the last period of his life.
With Elio Germano, Michele Riondino, Massimo Popolizio, Anna Mouglalis, Valerio Binasco
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Director: Mario Martone
Producer: Carlo Degli Esposti
Cinematographer: Renato Berta
Editor: Jacopo Quadri
Produced by: Palomar, Rai Cinema