2015, Rome. Giovanni (Neri Marcorè) wakes up after a thirty-one year coma, caused by the falling of a flag during a rally in tribute to Enrico Berlinguer, former general secretary of the Italian Communist Party.
This rebirth, into adulthood, is an upheaval. Giovanni, who for a time cherished the hope of rediscovering the links he had with his family, his girlfriend and his political party, realizes that everything has changed.
The world he knew is no more. Perplexed and nostalgic, Giovanni can nevertheless count on the support of Giulia (Valeria Solarino), a nun who took care of him during his years of hospitalization, and Léo (Fabrizio Ciavoni), a young man who suffers from selective mutism. Thanks to them, Giovanni regains his physical form, but above all, he agrees to take a new and caring look at his present and to give meaning to this second existence.
“I tried to tell this story, taken from my book, by intertwining the journey towards understanding a chaotic world so different from the past, as well as political and technological mutations, with that of the search for consumed affections by the time. Maybe it’s a fairy tale. Maybe it’s a way of talking about that time and about us today,” said Walter Veltroni.
The meeting between Neri Marcone (Giovanni) and the Villerupt audience at the end of the screening
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