ENDLESS NIGHT IS LOVE BETRAYAL INCEST
2005 / 85’
- direction by Elisabetta Sgarbi
- photography by Elio Bisignani
- editing by Luciano Marenzoni
ENDLESS NIGHT is LOVE BETRAYAL INCEST
LOVE, derived from a central theme of the "troubadour literature", is that love living on distances, projections, idealizations, which is forced to face death too soon, thus finding peacefulness inside the shades of another love, distant again, much more absolute.
(In the film, Galatea Ranzi plays the role of Amin Maalouf's distant princess).
BETRAYAL is the obsession of a married man, haunted by a recurrent dream: the nightmare of his wife's betrayal, spectres - vague, indefinite, yet insistent - of jealousy. The nightmare advances with restless steps, leading to madness. Until one day, when eventually his wife's voice is heard, in a specular monologue, reality prevails over everyting, upsetting each expectation and fear.
(In the film, Toni Servillo and Laura Morante play the roles of Ben Jelloun's Salem and Kniza).
INCEST is the voice of a woman's mind revisiting her past - a past which means desease - that splits in two, multiplies in a hallucination concerted in two voices: the father's and daughter's voices, wrapped up in the shade of incest. Fault, love, past gradually becoming a sandstone. The shades, little by little and doubt after doubt, in a hallucinated dialogue, will set her mind free.
(In the film, Anna Bonaiuto plays the roles of Hanif Kureishi's Jane and Cecil - the daughter and stepfather).
Presented at 22nd Torino Film Festival