Vincere

Feature Film | ITA 2009 | 128' | Subtitled English

German Premiere

Many fell victim to Benito Mussolini’s rise to dictatorship – among them Ida Dalser, the mother of his first-born son. It is unclear whether she was also his first wife, because presumably »Il Duce« had all documents that might have proven it destroyed. However, he did acknowledge her son Benito Albino as his own. He got Dalser off his back by having her put in a psychiatric ward. Setting out from this story of a tragic amour fou, acclaimed veteran Italian director Marco Bellocchio (GOOD MORNING, NIGHT) recounts how the whole of Italy was taken in with the fascist leader. Bellocchio creates a rousing period film by making masterful use of stock footage, employing aesthetics reminiscent of Italian futurism, and never once resorting to a cliché of the biopic genre. Filippo Timi brilliantly embodies Mussolini’s chilling charisma bordering on murderous delusion. Giovanna Mezziogiorno delivers a tour de force of a performance in the role of the radically self-sacrificial Ida Dalser.

Director
Marco Bellocchio
Script
Marco Bellocchio, Daniela Ceselli
Photography
Daniele Ciprì
Editor
Francesca Calvelli
Production Design
Marco Dentici
Music
Carlo Crivelli
Sound
Gaetano Carito
Principal Cast
Michela Cescon, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Filippo Timi, Fausto Russo Alesi, Corrado Invernizzi, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio
Producer
Mario Gianani
Executive Producer
Olivia Sleiter
Production
Offside, Rai Cinema, Celluloid Dreams

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Selected filmography Marco Bellocchio

FIST IN HIS POCKET (1965), IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER (1972), A LEAP IN THE DARK (1980), HENRY IV (1984), DEVIL IN THE FLESH (1986), THE CONVICTION (1991), LA BALIA (1999), MY MOTHER’S SMILE (2002), SORELLE (2006)