It’s been one of the must-see films at the latest Locarno Film Fest, where it was screened out of competition, stirring a lively debate and a long applause. The tale of the decade that shook Italy and the world between 1968 and 1978 is now hitting Italian screens with Ora e sempre riprendiamoci la vita (lit. “Now and forever let’s take life back”) by Silvano Agosti – filmmaker, writer, editor, tireless provocateur of the imagery, and one of the most powerful gazes on that era.

Produced by Edizioni L’Immagine, the film will be released by Istituto Luce Cinecittà. From October 4th throughout the whole month, the film and its director will tour to several cities for screenings and debates: first Rome, Turin, and Genoa, then Milan, Florence, Bologna, Palermo, Brescia, Bergamo, Padova and other cities.

50 years has passed since 1968, 40 years from 1978. 1968/1978, ten years that have shocked the world. A global movement of ideas, words, bodies, fights, social achievement. Years that witnessed violent backlashes and fearful reactions. Years in which Italy managed to be a protagonist on the international scenes of revolutions and reactions. These facts have been witnessed through the camera, the gaze and the sense of Silvano Agosti: director, editor, scriptwriter, exhibitor, novelist, cultural delegate. A unique man of cinema, an anti-master who hosted hundreds of cinephiles in his Roman theatre.  Ora e sempre riprendiamoci la vita, a programmatic title to sing and tell about those ten years through rare and precious archival materials produced by the director himself in those same days. Music are by Nicola Piovani and participants include some extraordinary witnesses. From the protagonists of the movements – Mario Capanna, Oreste Scalzone, Franco Piperno, a great union leader such as Bruno Trentin – to the protagonists of the art world – an international director like Bernardo Bertolucci, the greatest Italian underground director Alberto Grifi, Nobel-destined couple Dario Fo and Franca Rame, the visionary architect Massimiliano Fuksas and a “voice” like Paolo Pietrangeli. A film presenting a variety of different stories and faces marked by History: the great writer and partisan Nuto Revelli, philosopher Emanuele Severino, Pietro Valpreda.

Ora e sempre riprendiamoci la vita presents some of the significant facts and moments that characterized a controversial and epochal decade of culture. But it’s not just a chronology or a matter of nostalgia. From these images, faces, voices, what emerges is an urgent sense of loss. It doesn’t refer to ’68-’78 only, but to our present as well. With visionary power, the film tells of controversies and debates that are still topical today.

In the words of Silvano Agosti: “In the future, if there’ll be a honest historian, he would feel the legitimate urgency of comparing the decade 1968-78 to the great events that changed the world such as the French and the Russian Revolutions. This is the leading idea to which we entrusted our personal memory, and the film materials that we shot or collected during those years and that represent the physical body of the fight and the victories achieved through the decade. Their value in a country without memories like this, stands as a rare evidence on the power of human dignity in perpetual fight towards its own redemption. Those have been years of wonderful social achievements, which cannot be found anywhere in the official storytelling of history because, quite mysteriously, that period of fights has been buried under the label “Years of Lead” almost entirely […] It took 40 years of bad governments to erase all those important victories. But a fundamental achievement of those year will never be wiped out. The movements of that decade, by engaging a large part of the society, contributed to the gradual dismantlement of the principle of authority.”