I cento passi
Although the atmosphere in the family seems quite normal there is something disconcerting which rankles in Peppino's mind: his mother's troubled looks, the tragic death of a close relative, the lack of answers to his questions. Peppino goes through his adolescence during the time around 1968 and just like other young people in many countries he also gets ready to rebel against authority, but with a difference: whereas for- his contemporaries in big cities this means rejecting traditional middle-class values and paternal authority. in Sicily it involves defying the very status of the Mafia. Together with a group of young people that cherish the same ideals, Peppino sets up a newspaper denouncing corruption and illegal speculation, then a radio station where he runs Crazy Wave, a program that ridicules the taboos of silence and pillories the local untouchables. His family is divided - father tries to make him shut up, mother and brother back him. The impossible relationship between a father dominated by fear and a son filled with courage and imagination comes to an end when the father dies in a strange car accident. Peppino is now without any protection, and menacing threats begin to arrive. At the same time, his political commitment comes to a head: he decides to stand for local elections in a small left-wing party.
He is murdered in 1978 - two days before the polls open - blown to pieces by six kilos of TNT. The authorities first see it as an accident, as though Peppino were an incompetent, provincial terrorist killed by his own bomb, then get to a more insulting and elusive conclusion - suicide, they say.
Twenty years later, Palermo’s attorney general re-opens the case and commits Tano Badalamenti - now in jail in die United States - for trial as instigator of the murder.
He then directed the episode SNOW ON FIRE in the movie ESPECIALLY ON SUNDAY (1991); the other episodes were directed by Giuseppe Bertolucci and Giuseppe Tomatore. In 1995, at the Venice International Film Festival, his movie PASOLINI, AN ITALIAN CRIME was awarded the Italian Senate's Golden Medal and the F.E.D.I.C. Prize.
Together with the directors Gianni Amelio, Alessandro D'Alatri, Mario Martone, Marco Risi he worked for UNICEF and produced, besides directing, his documentary movie WHITE SHOES on child soldiers in Angola. LA ROVINA DELLE PATRIA (1997) is a TV movie from stock footage that takes an objective look at the convulsive events in recent Italian polities. In 1997, at Turin's Carignano Theatre, he staged MORTE DI GALEAZZO CIANO, a play by Enzo Siciliano on the last days of Mussolini's son-in-law. At the 2000 Venice International Film Festival, THE 100 STEPS was awarded the Best Screenplay prize and it also won the Little Golden Lion (the Youngster's prize) and the Critics' Pasinetti award. Marco Tullio Giordana is the author of the novel “Vita segreta del signore delle machine” (1990) and the monograph entitled “Pasolini, un delitto italiano” (1994), both published by the Mondadori publishing house. He also writes the screenplays for all his movies.
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Marco Tullio Giordana
Written by: Claudio Fava, Monica Zapelli, Marco Tullio Giordana
Produced by: Fabrizio Mosca
Cinematography: Roberto Forza
Editing: Roberto Missiroli
Production Design: Franco Ceraolo
Costume Design: Elisabetta Montaldo
Cast: Tony Sperandeo (Gaetano Badalamenti), Luigi Lo Cascio (Peppino Impastato), Luigi Maria Burruano (Luigi Impastato), Lucia Sardo (Felicia Impastato), Paolo Briguglia (Giovanni Impastato)
Nominations and Awards
- Feature Film Selection 2001