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Leggende Rusticane

Synopsis On the occasion of the centenary of the writer Giovanni Verga - writer of the famous Cavalleria Rusticana - the storyteller, Luciano Busacca, reaches the Cunziria village, place of the famous duel. Conquered by the suggestion of the place and the expanses of prickly pear, he lets himself be carried away in a story about the love triangle that led to the bloody challenge, and all in a rigorous ancient Sicilian dialect. The film is also a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather, who reconstructs the Cavalry within the trilogy and to the peasant oral tradition, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and finally, a melancholy look at the migratory flows of many Italians who all he early 1900s left for distant continents and never returned. Thanks to the cultural commitment of recent years, the Cunziria has come back to life, becoming a natural stage for theater and cinema for many Italian-American productions, and will be totally restored by the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Director's notes The short pays homage to three important celebrations: that of Giovanni Verga, author of the Cavalleria Rusticana, Franco Zeffirelli, director who makes it a memorable filmic transposition and the Godfather, who turns 50 and stages the Cavalry within the Trilogy.

The story of the Cavalleria Rusticana, one of the most loved by Oscar winner Ennio Morricone, quoted by Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese returns today in the story of a storyteller, in the combination of the protection of traditions, such as that of the oral story and the realist story. An anthropological look also on the migratory flows of many Italians who at the beginning of the 1900s left for distant continents and never returned.

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Awards 2022 - 2023

20 Best Short Awards 2 Best Director Awards 3 Special Mention


Director Biography - Lorenzo Muscoso

Lorenzo Muscoso is Artistic Director of the Official Celebration of the Centenary of Giovanni Verga and has been in charge of the Verghiano Festival for 10 years. Originally from Vizzini - the writer's hometown - he is a director, producer and writer. He graduated from the DAMS University of Roma Tre with a thesis on Paolo Sorrentino. He is also a graduate of the Rossellini Audiovisual Institute and also attends the Law and Business Marketing course. He has produced documentaries, short films and medium-length films, set in Sicily, which have received various awards. Events supported by the European Parliament, Unesco, the Sicily Region and Rai Cultura. He is the Artistic Director of several Film Festivals in Italy, including the Euromediterranean Award and the Matera Festival, where he collaborates with Netflix and the Martin Scorsese team. As a director he wrote and directed transpositions of Verga's operas, represented in Sicily, Puglia, Basilicata and Lombardy. He also managed the communication of Cirque Du Soleil in Sicily and he is the author of various books on cinema and multimedia contents. He has taught Cinema at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and has conducted various conferences, including at La Sapienza in Rome and Unibas in Matera and conducted various masterclasses with Alexis Sweet and the Oscar winner Dante Ferretti, and lastly the conference “Raccontando Verga ”At the Feltrinelli Foundation in Milan in collaboration with the municipal administration. He is also the author of the "Capitani Coraggiosi" event in the field of legality, in memory of Judges Falcone and Borsellino which every year sees the participation of students, law enforcement agencies, magistrates and associations and personalities from Leoluca Orlando to Pasquale Scimeca and Veronica D'Agostino, Tony Sperandeo, Marco Amenta and the “Gerzia” project against violence against women. He cooperated with the American government for the Marines Meet Verga project, obtaining three awards for commitment. Finally, he has received several awards including, for social journalism, the ACI Galateo and the Messina Award. Finally, his short film “Rustic Legends”, which combines the folklore of traditions with the realist narrative, receives 3 Awards. He lives between Milan, Rome and Vizzini


Our Review

Watching LEGGENDE RUSTICANE is like Jumping around from the now to some seventy years back and connecting events through their thematic links rather than straight chronology. In the process, the film makes the case that writer Giovanni Verga was larger than any decade, greater than any single generation. A true masterpiece.


Credits

  • Lorenzo Muscoso Director

  • Lorenzo Muscoso Writer

  • Luciano Busacca Writer

  • Dreamworld Pictures Producer

  • Luciano Busacca Key Cast

Specifications

  • Lorenzo Muscoso Director

  • Lorenzo Muscoso Writer

  • Luciano Busacca Writer

  • Dreamworld Pictures Producer

  • Luciano Busacca Key Cast







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