The Night of the Shooting Stars (Taviani Brothers | Italy | 1982 | 12
Taviani Brothers | Italy | 1982 | 12
In Tuscan folklore, the Night of San Lorenzo (shooting stars) is when dreams come true. Set in 1944, the Taviani Brothers’ masterpiece documents the fortunes of a community one fateful night as they attempt to flee the Nazis. A powerful, deeply magical and surprisingly funny account of a community fighting for life.
This screening was introduced with Tuscan folk songs from Simone Caffari, and followed by a discussion hosted by Edinburgh University’s Pasquale Iannone.