A nostalgic Fellini-inspired metacomedy from a living classic of Italian cinema.
A Brighter Tomorrow
Il sol dell’avvenire
2023, Nanni Moretti
95 minutes, Italian with Russian subtitles
Starring: Nanni Moretti, Margherita Buy, Mathieu Amalric, Silvio Orlando
Every five years Giovanni, an ageing but still very popular director in Italy, makes a new film. But something goes wrong with his new feature, a historical drama about the problematic position of the Italian Communists during the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956: the shooting takes one crisis after another.
Shot from Il sol dell’avvenire, 2023
“A Better Tomorrow” overflows with such ideas, which show a fresh engagement with the medium from the still-feisty director, now pushing 70.
— Peter Debruge, Variety
The film is partly autobiographical: Nanni Moretti infectiously revels in both a certain narcissism and solid self-irony, crossing a political drama with a musical, and a self-portrait with a panorama of contemporary film production.