The Biennale di Venezia announces a new title in the lineup of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival (August 31st - September 10th), presented in collaboration with the Venice Days.
It is the documentary film by Enrico Caria The Man Who Didn't Change History, freely inspired by the diaries of archaeologist and art historian Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli, Il viaggio del Fuehrer in Italia, and made with the images from the archives of Istituto Luce - Cinecittà.
"Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli is a renowned figure among Italian art historians and archaeologists," declared Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice Film Festival. "A lesser-known fact is that, forced to serve as a guide for Hitler and Mussolini during the Nazi leader's trip to Italy, he considered the idea of organizing an assassination attempt to get rid of the two unwelcome dictators. Caria reconstructs the incredible affair with irony and documentary precision, raising questions that continue to be relevant today."
"I am thankful to Alberto Barbera," says Giorgio Gosetti, director of the Giornate degli Autori - Venice Days, "for having agreed to let us join him in an event that not only highlights Enrico Caria's vivid talent, but opens up a chapter in Italian history that has much to teach our present time. The protection of Italy's historical legacy, the power of beauty versus the brutality of dictatorship, the figure of a great intellectual such as archaeologist Bianchi Bandinelli, and the paradoxical affair with Mussolini and Hitler, are all elements of cultural and political consideration to which this fictional documentary (rigorous, however, in its use of sources) gives extraordinary relevance."