Italy

Synopsis

The last year in the life of Bettino Craxi, as told by Gianni Amelio. An undisputed protagonist of international politics and, until recently, revered in Italy, Bettino Craxi is now in Hammamet, far from his homeland. Overwhelmed by the populist surge that toppled the formerly governing democratic parties which rose to power during the first fifty years of the Italian Republic, and caught up in a series of judicial inquiries, President Craxi can no longer return to his homeland as a free man. A master at commanding respect in the political arena, Craxi is also surrounded by opportunists; he is down but not out; and he is left to fend for himself in a home on a hill, where he lives out his final months like a caged beast. HAMMAMET is also the touching story of a father and a daughter, Anita, who stands by his side after everyone else has fled. Craxi is ill and in dire need of life-saving treatment. Anita goes to lengths that only the greatest love can justify as she struggles to make her father relent and set aside his ideas at least at this crucial time in his life; he must agree to return to Italy to be treated, at the cost of losing a freedom he believes he deserves. The conflict between his ideas and his familial love – between political motivations and those of the man – will be fierce and, eventually, fatal.

HAMMAMET is the never-ending struggle typical of the great classical tragedies. Like in "Antigone", the reason of state conflicts with the reason of man; like Oedipus at Colonus, the mystery of human life is investigated; hence, the greatness of public life stretches inexorably towards the sunset and the veil of death. The story is more private than public; politics are worked into the plot only to provide the necessary context. Like in a Shakespearean play, feelings are fathomed to shed light on facts.

Director's Biography

Gianni Amelio was born in Calabria. After studying Philosophy, he moved to Rome, where he started working as an assistant director. He made his debut in film directing in 1982, after a long television activity. He is the winner of numerous international awards, including three European Film Awards for best European Film, a Golden Lion, and an Oscar nomination.

FILMOGRAPHY:
2020 - HAMMAMET
2017 - HOLDING HANDS
2014 - HAPPY TO BE DIFFERENT
2013 - A LONELY HERO
2011 - THE FIRST MAN
2006 - THE MISSING STAR
2004 - THE KEYS TO THE HOUSE
1998 - THE WAY WE LAUGHED
1994 - LAMERICA
1992 - STOLEN CHILDREN
1990 - OPEN DOORS
1988 - THE BOYS ON PANISPERNA STREET
1982 – BLOW TO THE HEART
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Cast & Crew

Directed by: Gianni Amelio

Written by: Gianni Amelio, Alberto Taraglio

Produced by: Agostino Saccà, Maria Grazia Saccà

Cinematography: Luan Amelio Ujkaj

Editing: Simona Paggi

Production Design: Giancarlo Basili

Costume Design: Maurizio Millenotti

Make-Up & Hair: Andrea Leanza

Original Score: Nicola Piovani

Sound: Emanuele Cicconi

Visual Effects: Virginia Cefaly

Casting: Francesca Polic Greco

Main Cast: Pierfrancesco Favino (Bettino Craxi)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2021