Italian Immigration found itself at the heart of the debate at the Villerupt Italian Film Festival after the screening of the film “ORLANDO” by Daniele VICARI during his meeting with the public at the Town Hall accompanied by one of the main actors: Fabrizio Rongione alongside Michele Placido.
Orlando (Michele Placido) is a simple old man from southern Italy. He divides his daily life between his vegetable garden and evenings which he hosts with his accordion. One day, he receives an unexpected phone call: his son, with whom he has not spoken for several years, is at the end of his life. This is how the old man forgets his pride and decides to quickly join him in Brussels where he lives. In this capital, the tall buildings crush him and the hyperactivity of the city dwellers surprises him. But the surprises don’t stop there: her son, in fact, has already died and he has left her with custody of Lyse (Angelica Kazankova), a 12-year-old girl. The destiny of Orlando thus intersects with that of this 21st century Brussels resident. These two beings with such distant cultures must learn to coexist in order to find concrete solutions to survive in this urban jungle.
“I am convinced that life should be lived to the fullest, until the last breath. You have to give yourself the means to live with dignity, it’s essential, but you also have to have luck, it’s essential. Even at 75 – this is Orlando’s age – it is possible to have perspectives, especially if you are in contact with a dynamic granddaughter like Lyse. Their relationship was born almost by chance and pushes these two people to get closer and appreciate each other; this proximity makes them capable of imagining a common future. »
Daniele Vicari, comments collected by Manuela Santacatterina, on theHotCorn.com on June 18, 2023.
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