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Red Sunrise

Red Sunrise
  • Director:

    Gianfranco Pannone

  • Featuring:

    Alberto Franceschini
    Paolo Rozzi
    Tonino Loris Paroli
    Annibale Viappiani
    Roberto Ognibene
    Adelmo Cervi
    Corrado Corghi
    Peppino Catellani
    Max Collini
    Enrico Fontanelli
    Daniele Carretti

  • Film Producers:

    Bruno Tribbioli
    Alessandro Bonifazi

  • Produced by:

    Blue Film
    with the support of
    Regione Lazio by the means of FI.LA.S.
    Emilia Romagna Film Commission

  • Subject and Screenplay:

    Gianfranco Pannone
    Giovanni Fasanella

  • Cinematography:

    Marco Carosi

  • Editing:

    Erika Manoni

  • Music:

    Rudy Gnutti
    Offlaga Disco Pax

  • Italian Distribution:

    Blue Film

  • Home video:


Reggio Emilia,1969. Thirty young militant communists leave the Communist Party, accusing it of having betrayed the ideals of the 'Resistenza', and , together with other young people of anarchic, socialist and catholic extraction, they form 'l'Appartamento', a commune where revolutionary dreams are bandied around. It is the same dreams that their fathers and grandfathers had had to abandon at the end of the war, due to Palmiro Togliatti's pacifying policies. From the group of the Appartamento soon emerged the most dangerous terrorists of the future Red Brigades: Alberto Franceschini, Tonino Loris Paroli, Prospero Gallinari, Roberto Ognibene, Lauro Azzolini.

Reggio Emilia, autumn 2007. Some of the 'boys from 1969' meet up almost 40 years later, at the hill-side restaurant where the group of the 'Appartamento' took the fatal decision of engaging in armed combat. We find Franceschini, Paroli and Ognibene sitting round a table, recalling past, at times dramatic, events. They are ex red brigades members, now back to normal life, after spending many years in prison in different parts of Italy. There are also Paolo Rozzi and Annibale Appiani, who did not join the Red Brigades. The former is now involved in the Democratic Party, the latter in the Unions. The group makes a sort of backward journey, discussing motivations for individual choices.

In addition to the five main characters, we have two more amazing witnesses; in different ways, both took part in the experience of the Appartamento. Corrado Corghi, ex leading member of the Democrazia cristiana, represents catholic opposition politics, and Adelmo Cervi, son of Aldo, one of the seven communist brothers killed by nazi-fascists in 1943.

Scheda Tecnica

Genre - film-documentario
Film Run - 80 min.
Year - 2008
Procution state - Terminato
Format - Full HD - color
Aspect Ratio - 16:9
Sound Mix - Dolby Digital

Premi e Festival

Awards and Festivals -

Special event at 61st Locarno Film Festival "Ici et Ailleurs" secton
Viennale Vienna International Film Festival 2008
In competition at London International Documentary Festival 2009
In competition at Mostra Internacional de Cinema de Sao Paulo

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