Italian Film Festival

Padre Padrone

Info: Italy, 1977, 114 mins, DCP, 19+

Language: Italian with English subtitles

Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani

Cast: Omero Antonutti, Fabrizio Forte, Marcella Michelangeli, Nanni Moretti, Saverio Marconi


  • Wednesday January 10, 2018 - 6:30 pm

"Padre Padrone is a work of art, a poetically realized piece of social realism that stands in the same relation to conventional movie entertainments as Picasso’s Guernica to a war bond poster…[it] is an affirmation, a forceful, uncompromised, engrossing and affecting movie with that rare but cherished capacity to thrust us into the lives of others." Charles Champlin, LA Times , 1978

"One of a kind, the movie has an archaic, almost mythological, feel that’s enhanced by its use of elemental Sardinian locations under the blazing Mediterranean sun." J Hoberman, New York Times

“The Tavianis most important work is Padre Padrone (aka Father, Master), based on a memoir by the academic linguist Gavino Ledda about his harsh upbringing as the son of a psychologically and physically abusive peasant farmer in postwar Sardinia, and how he came to create his own life. Taken out of school aged six, Gavino is forced to take care of the family’s sheep in the mountains and at the age of 20 is illiterate. Then family circumstances force him to join the army. There he drops his local dialect, learns to read and write and is inspired to go to university and make a forcible break with an oppressive patriarchal tradition.