Those Happy Years
Filmfest 2014

German Age Rating

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Rome, 1974. Guido is a wannabe avant-garde artist who feels trapped by his conventional and intrusive middle-class family. Serena, his wife, is no art lover, but she adores her artist and can't resist interfering in his life. Their young sons, Dario and Paolo, are the unwilling witnesses of their parents' passion, their fights and reconciliations, their infidelities and constant bargaining for affection. Taking in artistic 'happenings', flights of fancy, super 8 movies, lazy summer vacations, and secret confessions, the film recounts the happy years – which seemed so unhappy at the time – of a family that, in trying to be free, finds itself caught in a prison of its own making.
Celluloid Dreams

"I remember my emotion in dealing with Kodak super 8 reels, their actual smell. When I dusted off my 40-year-old Canon camera, I tried putting my nose inside the cartridge, in the hope of catching a whiff of those happy years."
Daniele Luchetti

tags: Family, Society, Happiness, Art, Sexuality, Feature film

Cast: Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazzotti, Martina Gedeck, Samuel Garofalo, Niccolo Calvagna

Credits

Screenplay: Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli, Caterina Venturini, Daniele Luchetti

Director of Photography: Claudio Collepiccolo

Film Editor: Mirco Garrone

Composer: Franco Piersanti

Production Designer: Giancarlo Basili

Costume Design: Maria Rita Barbera

Sound: Maurizio Argentieri

Producer: Marco Chimenz

Co-Producer: Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi

Production Company: Cattleya

World Sales: Celluloid Dreams

Director: Daniele Luchetti