Those Happy Years
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.
"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."
Cast: Kim Rossi Stuart, Micaela Ramazzotti, Martina Gedeck, Samuel Garofalo, Niccolo Calvagna
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
Production Company: Cattleya
Co-Producer: Giovanni Stabilini, Riccardo Tozzi
World Sales: Celluloid Dreams
Director: Daniele Luchetti