Saturday, February 15, 2014

Rare Italian Short Film Shown at Berlin Film Festival

My compliments to the 64th Berlin Film Festival for showing I Maccheroni, a 12-minute short film made in 1959 by Raffaele Andreassi. It was included in the program, Culinary Cinema, a series made up of 15 films about food and the environment.

I Maccheroni was shot in the beautiful seaside town of Gargano, located in the southern region of Puglia. The story celebrates the culinary ritual of Sunday sauce. However, sadly on this Sunday,  a poor family cannot afford to follow the tradition, so a little boy must find a solution.

The Abruzzo-born director, Raffaele Andreassi is best known for his 1969 film, Flashback which recounts the wartime experiences of a German soldier. Andreassi started out as a journalist and made numerous documentaries and short films. In 1960, he was awarded the Silver Berlin Bear for his short film I vecchi. He passed away in 2008 at the age of 84.

I Maccheroni was definitely one of his lower key projects. I've searched for more information about this film and it's very hard to come by. Festival goers are lucky for the rare opportunity to see this lost gem.

Watch this clip by Cineteca Bologna...

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