Archive of films Rainbow – A Private Affair / Una questione privata

Italy / France
2017, 85 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2018

The films of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have been regarded as masterpieces of Italian cinema since the 1960s and their work is also familiar to visitors to the Karlovy Vary IFF. Their final joint film is inspired by the posthumous novel by well-known writer Beppe Fenoglio, who evokes the atmosphere of the last few months of the Second World War through the fate of a young intellectual fighting for the resistance in Northern Italy.


Milton, a member of the resistance, chances upon an abandoned villa nestling in the hills of Piedmont where, as a student, he was in love with the beautiful Fulvia. He has his suspicions that she was more inclined towards his friend Giorgio, now a captured member of the same partisan division. In order to find out the truth from Giorgio himself, Milton sets off to find him, travelling through a region where the last battles are being staged before the liberation of Italy. His perilous journey, which sees him caught in the lines of fire between partisan units, fleeing German soldiers and rampaging Italian Fascists, increasingly becomes an exploration into his own consciousness as he ultimately comprehends the senseless barbarity of war. The Taviani brothers’ final film together was inspired by the posthumous novel by Beppe Fenoglio (1922-1963).

Eva Zaoralová

About the director

Paolo Taviani (b. 1931, San Miniato, Italy), Vittorio Taviani (b. 1929, San Miniato – 2018, Rome). Selected filmography: Allonsanfan (1974), Father and Master (Padre padrone, 1977), The Night of the Shooting Stars (La notte di San Lorenzo, 1982), Chaos (Kaos, 1984), Caesar Must Die (Cesare deve morire, 2012), Wondrous Boccaccio (Maraviglioso Boccaccio, 2015), Rainbow – A Private Affair (Una questione privata, 2017)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Screenplay: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Dir. of Photography: Simone Zampagni
Music: Giuliano Taviani, Carmelo Travia
Editor: Roberto Perpignani
Producer: Donatella Palermo, Ermanno Olmi, Elisabetta Olmi, Serge Lalou, Eric Lagesse
Production: Stemal Entertainment, Ipotesi Cinema, Rai Cinema
Coproduction: Les Films d'ici, Sampek Productions
Cast: Luca Marinelli, Lorenzo Richelmy
Sales: Pyramide International

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