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Mare Nero  .  director Roberta Torre
11/06/2006, at 08:00 PM 11/07/2006, at 10:30 PM
director Roberta Torre
screenplay Roberta Torre, Heidrun Schleef
country Italy/France
year 2006
duration 82 minutes
media 35mm
color Color
language OmeU
producer Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz
production Cattleya (Italien) und Babe (Frankreich)

"Luigi Lo Cascio

Anna Mouglalis

Maurizio Donadoni

Andrea Klara Osvart

Massimo Popolizio

Monica Samassa

Rossella D?Andrea"

cinematography Daniele Cipr
sound Michele Tarantola
editor Jacopo Quadri
music Shigeru Umebayashi


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A murder, just one news item like so many others. For police inspector Luca, busy helping his beautiful girlfriend Veronica move in with him, it should be nothing more than a routine call at an inconvenient time. But Luca is scrupulously devoted to his job and has a special sensitivity that sets him apart from his colleagues and their impassive cynicism. This is also what made Veronica want to commit herself so quickly to a relationship with him. She didn?t think twice about enthusiastically accepting to move from her native France to Italy to live with him.

Though still young and not yet put through significant tests, their love is strong and shows all the signs typical of a very intense, exclusive bond.

The call, however, puts Luca onto a case that immediately has a disturbing effect on him, as it absorbs him more than any case he has ever dealt with before: Valentina, a beautiful young woman, barely out of her teens, has been mysteriously murdered in her off-campus flat.



Roberta Torre was born in Milan in 1962. After studying philosophy, she attended the Milan Film School and the Paolo Grassi Dramatic Arts Academy. In 1991 she began to make shorts in video and film that were presented, and often awarded, at important Italian and international festivals. Though inspired by a form close to the documentary and anthropological research, Torre?s directing is often stylistically close to that of stage direction, one that combines a bent for the portrait with a special sensitivity to the musical element in film.

The director?s first feature, To Die for Tano (1997) was precisely a musical, the portrait of Tano Guarrasi, a small-time boss of the Palermo neighborhood of Vucciri. The film was received with great success by critics and the public for the original use of the narrative language.

In 2000 Torre ideally continued in this direction with South Side Story, again a musical. This was a reworking of the story of Romeo and Juliette reinterpreted with a multiracial slant. In 2002, she made Angela, a melodrama presented at the Cannes Film Festival in the section, Quinzaine des Realisateurs. This marked a radical change in style and a return to the realism of her first documentary portraits as the director brought back a classical narrative structure.

Mare Nero is Roberta Torre?s fourth film.