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Italy Italy (2017)|
Date of birth:
1980, Tehran, Iran
Italy Italy | Italia Italia
Iranian director Kaveh
Sabaghzadeh's first feature
The film was made in a musical, fantasy and comedy genre with the plot of ‘Italia Italia’ saying, “I love you and it is none of your
It was shown for the first time at the main competition section of the Fajr Film Festival in 2017.
Nader, a man obsessed with Italy, sings and dances his love to Barfa, from the moment of their encounter to their wedding, in this delightful Iranian musical comedy adorned with references to cinema, literature, music, and of course, Italian culture.
"Italy Italy" is full of cinematic and literary references. In spite that the
film claims it was adapted from Jhumpa Lahiri's novel of the same name, there
are also references to Khaled Hosseini's last published work. Reconstruction of
the scenes from famous movies and direct references to Dariush Mehrjui's
"Hamoon", along with the presence of some of the cinematic figures playing
themselves are some other references of the film. But perhaps the most
significant one in "Italy Italy", the reference to Roberto Benini's film "Life
We also see the same complexity of the characters as in Benini's film, while the overall atmosphere of the film is filled with laughter, wit and humor. "Italy Italy" is like "Life is beautiful," beginning with characters in an ideal
atmosphere and, by portraying a romantic love, it provides a relaxing and appealing atmosphere for its audience, and just like "Life is beautiful," starting with
the daunting situations of the story and Even the transformation of his
characters, it preserves the intimate and heartfelt atmosphere of the first half
of the film, but not as professionally as, and to the extent, Benini provides in
"Life is beautiful."
The main plot of "Italy Italy" is life and it's complexity for Barfa and Nader (Hamed Komeili and Sarah Bahrami) , but by adding some sub-plots (as a
result of his insights into the problems he faced in the process of making his
first feature film), Sabbaghzadeh causes the logical course of events suffer, and also by paying unneccessary and irellevant attention to the theme of filmmaking, he keeps "Italy Italy" hanging between a romantic melodrama (or a musical romance) and a social chit-chat.
Perhaps if Sabbaghzadeh fully entered the genre and its customary rules, "Italy Italy" would both have a more solid structure and
leave a better effect by distracting the audience from the narative atmosphere
he so perfectly created.
Cast: Sara Bahrami, Homayoun Ershadi, Hamed Komeili, Jahangir Mirshekari, Farid Sajjadi Hosseini, Reza Sakhaei, Naser Sajadi Hosseini, Ali Mollagholi-Pour, Danesh Eghba Shavi, Faezeh Alavi, Anamehr
Akhlaghi, Reza Koohestani
Selected filmography of Kaveh Sabaghzadeh
- Italy Italy | Italia Italia (2017)
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