Archive of films Salty Air / L' aria salata

2006, 87 min

Section: Focus on New Italian Directors
Year: 2007

Almost at the end of his term spent in prison for murder, Sparti meets his son whom he hasn’t seen for twenty years. They find it difficult to get along with one another, and young Fabio feels that his life has been permanently marked by his father’s actions. Their time together ends in tragedy yet Fabio begins to see his father in a rather different light…


One day young Fabio gets a huge shock. As a social worker employed by a prison, he sees his father’s name on a list of offenders which states that he had been put away for murder twenty years previously. Fabio prepares the prisoners before they go back into society and part of this preparation includes short spells outside the prison walls. Fabio makes himself known to his father, whom he had last seen when he was a very small child, and sets off with him on a little “excursion” into town. Their shared stroll through the streets becomes a journey back in time, a festering journey full of wrong turns and insurmountable obstacles. They have no understanding for each other, their time together is marred by harsh conflicts, angry separations and recriminations, and the chasm between them widens, leading to a tragic finale. Even so, the film’s message is not as hopeless as it seems; both of them managed to tell each other something about themselves, and Fabio will no longer remember his father with hatred in his heart.

About the director

Alessandro Angelini (b. 1971, Rome) worked as a photographer for various newspapers and press agencies. He then turned his attention to film, where he began as assistant and second unit director. Over the last ten years he was involved in the films of various important Italian directors (including Nanni Moretti, Mimmo Calopresti, Francesca Comencini and Sergio Rubini). From 1996 onwards, before debuting as a feature film director, he made four documentaries and one short.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Focus on New Italian Directors
Director: Alessandro Angelini
Screenplay: Alessandro Angelini, Angelo Carbone
Dir. of Photography: Arnaldo Cantinari
Music: Luca Tozzi
Editor: Massimo Fiocchi
Producer: Donatella Botti
Production: Bianca Films
Cast: Giorgio Pasotti, Giorgio Colangeli, Michela Cescon, Katy Saunders, Sergio Solli
Contact: Pyramide International


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