Programmed by Claudia Maci
- In Alfonsine, one of the many towns in Romagna that was destroyed by the war, the communist barber Sauro Ravaglia and his friends dream of the Soviet Union, the only place where their ideals of peace, brotherhood and equality have come true. When they get the chance to visit Moscow during the World Festival of Youth and Students, the group of friends depart: their expectations are high and they want to bring home as many images as possible of what will be the best trip of their life.
Federico Ferrone and Michele Manzolini take us on a journey back in time with the dream of socialism and a train that takes us directly towards this dream of revolutions for equality and struggles for freedom. Using faded images and sound documents conserved at Bologna’s National Home Movies Archives, skilfully edited by Sara Fgaier, the narration (Sauro’s voiceover) rapidly turns into a bitter awareness, first personal and then collective, of the collapse of a value system that inspired an entire post-war generation. The contrast between enchantment and bewilderment is the beating heart of this movie that describes the crumbling of an ideal in the clash, both conceptual and visual, between reality and the celebratory images from the powerful propaganda machine of Soviet Communism.
Managing Director of Festival dei Popoli