(by Francesco Gallo) (ANSA) - ROME, MARCH 03 - This "Per Lucio" documentary by Pietro Marcello is truly beautiful and is now in the Special section of the 71st edition of the Berlin Film Festival, all digital.
Fruit of the director's passion for Lucio Dalla ("I know all his songs by heart from an early age") and the archives ("I sometimes feel more like an archivist than a director"), Marcello combines these two loves of his by bringing out not only a biopic of authentic and evocative Bolognese artist, but above all the most beautiful history of Italy for images of the last seventy years.
Extraordinary sequences of this peasant town (the beautiful ones of Bologna) which slowly becomes industrial by changing attitudes and faces to Italians and betraying their true culture.
More extraordinary than all the images of Italy in station in the first postwar period, between suitcases tied by string and cartons, and those of the Mille Miglia of '43 with the very Italian Nuvolari, his face full of smoke.
"I wanted to tell Lucio Dalla - he explains - not through the voice of his colleagues, but only through that of two of his friends, of his songs and with the transformation of the country that he has punctually recounted".
To speak in Per Lucio are in fact only two of his friends, the loyal and spontaneous manager, Tobia (Umberto Righi), and his childhood friend, the philosopher Stefano Bonaga.
"This film is not the exact portrait of a famous singer and not even his celebration - says the director -. What I wanted was to make an evocation through the voice of someone who first met him as a man, a friend, and then an artist in the service of poetry".
Produced by IBC Movie with Rai Cinema in collaboration with Avventurosa and with the support of the Emilia-Romagna Region, the film also dedicates a lot of space to Roberto Roversi, the Bolognese intellectual who is a great friend of the singer, his mentor and author of many of his texts.