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Between May and June, Gianni Amelio will start shooting his new film, Il signore delle formiche [lit. The Lord of Ants], inspired by the legal persecution and moral lynching of Aldo Braibanti. The communist intellectual, a novelist and playwright, was convicted for manipulating a young man in 1968, following a complaint from his conservative Catholic family. Behind the trial, the accusation of homosexuality who cost him two years in jail.

Back then, Umberto Eco wrote: “Aldo Braibanti’s is a case that is not judicial, but a political and social one, because it unveils a number of mechanisms of our thought and behavior that stand as a permanent menace for every free man.” The film stars Luigi Lo Cascio and Elio Germano and is produced by Kavac and Rai Cinema. Music by Nicola Piovani.

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