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128 min.
Italy Italy
Marco Bellocchio, Daniela Ceselli
Carlo Crivelli
Daniele Ciprì
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Offside / RAI / Celluloid Dreams / Istituto Luce / Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali / Eurimages / Provincia Autonoma di Trento / Film Commission Torino-Piemonte / Film Commission Regione Piemonte
Drama | Biography. Historical. Melodrama. 1900s. 1910s. 1920s
Synopsis / Plot
Italy, 1907. Beauty shop worker Ida Dalser (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) falls for union activist Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi). The couple marry but, as Mussolini switches his political tack from socialism to fascism, Ida learns that her husband has re-married and started a campaign to deny her very existence. So there is a secret in the life of Mussolini: a wife and a son, who was born, acknowledged and then denied. The secret bears a name: Ida Dalser. It is a dark page in history, one ignored in the official biography of the Duce. When Ida meets Mussolini in Milan, he is the editor of Avanti and an ardent Socialist who intends to guide the masses towards an anti-clerical, anti-monarchical, socially emancipated future. Ida already had a fleeting encounter with him in Trento and remained thunderstruck. Ida truly believes in him and his ideas: Mussolini is her hero. In order to finance Popolo d’Italia, a newspaper he has founded and the nucleus of the forthcoming Fascist Party, Ida sells everything she has: her apartment, her beauty salon, her furniture and jewelry.
2009: European Film Awards: 2 Nominations: Actor (Filippo Timi), Award for Excelencia
2009: David di Donatello Awards: 9 awards, including Best Director. 15 nominations
2009: Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or (Best Film)
2009: Chicago International Film Festival: Silver Hugo - Best Actor (Timi) & Actress (Mezzogiorno)
2010: Sur Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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