Il mestiere delle armi



The 28-year-old Giovanni de' Medici, knight of the noble art of war, was captain of the Papal army in the campaign against Charles V's Lanschenets, Emperor of The Germans, who swarmed into Italy under the command of General Zorzo Frundsberg.
He was a living myth, fought over by princes for his great experience in the profession of arms.
He loves life. And in turn, he is favoured by chance and by women.
He has no thought of death. And yet, he already belongs to death, which fills him with illusions, hiding from him, only to take him unawares.
He was ruined by the introduction of firearms. It will strike him from behind his back.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ermanno Olmi

Written by: Ermanno Olmi

Produced by: Alexander Metodiev

Cinematography: Fabio Olmi

Editing: Paolo Cottignola

Production Design: Luigi Marchione

Costume Design: Francesca Sartori

Make-Up & Hair: Giulio Pezza

Original Score: Fabio Vacchi

Cast: Fabio Giubbani (Matteo Cusastro), Hristo Jivkov (Giovanni de' Medici), Sergio Grammatico (Federico Gonzaga), Dimitar Ratchkov (Luc'Antonio Cuppano)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Director 2001
  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2001
  • Feature Film Selection 2001