No Dogs or Italians Allowed

Filmstill No Dogs or Italians Allowed

No Dogs or Italians Allowed

Interdit aux chiens et aux Italiens
Alain Ughetto
Opening Film 2022
Animated Film
70 minutes

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Alain Ughetto
Alexandre Cornu
Clément Chautant
Fabien Drouet
Sara Sponga
Marjolaine Parot
Denis Leborgne
Nicola Piovani

Hunger and hardship ruled the Piemontese mountain village of Ughettera at the beginning of the 20th century. The meek peasants complained neither about the parasitic priests nor the tough seasonal winter work in neighbouring France – not even when the Italian state called them to arms and sent them first to Libya, then into the World War. Only when the Fascists arrive did the Ughetto family trade its home for new deprivations and new hopes across the border.

With this imaginatively directed puppet animation, Alain Ughetto has created a warm-hearted memorial to his Italian grandparents Cesira and Luigi. With subtle humour, tenderness and empathy he tells of generations who lived in poverty, but also of happiness and love, fortunes and misfortunes. “You don’t come from a country, you come from your childhood”, Cesira teaches him. The director finds himself in this family chronicle, recognises his predilection for working with his hands. Soon the film becomes a reflection on telling stories with what these hands shaped. They are frequently present in the frame – piling charcoal into a mountain, making forests from broccoli or simply getting handed a cup of damn strong espresso by Cesira.
Christoph Terhechte
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award
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