by Alessandro Rossellini
Roberto Rossellini was a genius of the cinema and a distinctly anti-conformist father. His romances filled the front pages of newspapers around the world, scandalous to the rigid morality of the fifties and generated a numerous, proudly multi-ethnic, and decidedly extended family. Alessandro, the great director’s first grandchild, has had a shaky career as a photographer and a lengthy past as a drug addict. As the first grandchild of a genius, he doesn't feel he measures up of the surname he bears. So, at 55 years of age he decides to make his first film, taking on the Rossellini saga with wit and pressing his relatives into an impossible family therapy in front of the camera.
A film by Alessandro Rossellini
Written by Andrea Paolo Massara, Alessandro Rossellini, Dāvis Sīmanis
Produced by Raffaele Brunetti for B&B Film
Co-produced by Uldis Cekulis for VFS Film
A production of B&B Film, VFS Films with Rai Cinema
In association with Istituto Luce Cinecittà
Executive Producers: Philippa Kowarsky, Laura Michalchyshyn
Subject by Alessandro Rossellini, Angelica Grizi
Co-directed by Lorenzo D’amico De Carvalho
Edited by Ilaria de Laurentiis
Cinematography by Valdis Celmiņš, LGC
Original Music by Margherita Vicario, Elisabetta Spada, Ruggero Catania, Luigi De Gaspari, Stefano Brunetti
Sound by Stefano Varini
Sound Design by Marta Billingsley, Piergiorgio De Luca
Producer B&B Film: Maria Teresa Tringali
With the collaboration of Vogue Italia
DIRECTOR - ALESSANDRO ROSSELLINI
Alessandro Rossellini has collaborated, as stills photographer and production assistant, on the films of Federico Fellini, Martin Scorsese and David Lynch, and has worked as assistant photographer with Bruce Weber, Michel Comte and Marco Glaviano. He has also worked as a freelance photographer for Vogue, Amica and Repubblica, and has directed documentaries on eminent figures in Italian cinema. In 2015 he directed the short documentary "Viva Ingrid!”, which was selected at that year's Venice Film Festival. He has recently collaborated with various organisations that offer treatment for drug dependence.
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"A thoroughly successful endeavour... Alessandro Rossellini’s work is a rare example of authenticity in the world of film, and the director’s personality shines through with great force."
"A fascinating exercise in filmmaking as therapy."
- The Spool
"Part act of psychotherapy, part cinematic biography, 'The Rossellinis' shows what it means to be afflicted by, as the director says, “Rossellini-itus” — in other words, the burden of a monumental legacy."