The Hummingbird opens the Rome Film Fest, the interviews. VIDEO

The director and the two main actors talk about the work behind the film adaptation of the 2019 novel by Sandro Veronesi. The story of a man who “is bludgeoned by life” but always manages to get back up

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The 17th edition of the Rome Film Festival opens with The Hummingbirdthe movie of Francesca Archibugi based on the novel of the same name by Sandro Veronesi released in 2019. Pierfrancesco Favino is Marco Carrera, a man whose existence is crossed by fatal coincidences, painful losses and absolute loves. Around him revolve a series of female figures, strong presences in the life of the protagonist.

Life like a shipwreck

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The Hummingbird, an exclusive clip from the film with Pierfrancesco Favino

In the book, the protagonist appears as a man who is not touched by the long series of obstacles that life puts before him. “I don’t think he stays still,” she says Pierfrancesco Favino to Sky TG24, “if anything, he remains tied to the things he doesn’t want to trade and continually tries to get back up. A quality that in recent times we have all had to look for”, comments the actor referring to the existential upheaval following the outbreak of the Covid pandemic -19. The film tells the life of Marco Carrera, through a series of time jumps that follow the path of the character’s memories and cover a time span that goes from the early 1970s to the near future. “It is a film that tells of desperation – Pierfrancesco Favino explains – but at the same time the happiness of the search for life”.

The women of The Hummingbird

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Archibugi’s Hummingbird opens the Rome Film Fest 2022

The director Francesca Archibugiwho is also the screenwriter of the film together with Francis Small And Laura Paulucci, worked to bring the essence of Veronesi’s novel to the big screen as faithfully as possible. “The fact that the protagonist – explains the director in the Sky TG24 interview – does not let himself be overwhelmed by what happens to him and becomes a point of reference also for those around him, has seduced me a lot. I think he tells a lot about everyone we”. To fight this existence always on the brink of shipwreck, the characters of The Hummingbird they strive as much as possible to seek illusion, gaiety and happiness. Among them is Marina Molitor, played by Kasia Smutniak, who explains his character thus: “She is in the wrong place at the wrong time: she makes such an effort to reconstruct her illusion of normal life that this feeling will become self-destructive”.

The cast

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In the cast, in addition to Favino and Smutniak, there are Bérénice Bejo, Laura Morante, Sergio Albelli, Benedetta Porcaroli, Massimo Ceccherini, Alessandro Tedeschi, Fotiní Peluso, Francesco Centorame, Pietro Ragusa And Valeria Cavalli. Extraordinary participation also by Nanni Morettiin the role of a psychoanalyst who accompanies the protagonist from beginning to end and performs, in the words of the director, an almost deus ex machina. Francesca Archibugi’s wonderful film, in theaters October 14also contains a musical pearl: the soundtrack, signed by Battista Lena, hosts an unpublished song by Sergio Endrigo and Riccardo Sinigallia interpreted by Marco Mengoni, Dear distant love.

Nanni Moretti in the film Il Hummingbird by Francesca Archibugi – Photo by Enrico De Luigi

The Hummingbird opens the Rome Film Fest, the interviews. VIDEO