The first film as director by Claudio Bisio is called The last time we were children, who will present it in preview on July 20 at the Giffoni Film Festival. The soundtrack was composed by Pivio and Aldo De Scalzi, musicians who began working for the cinema in 1997.
We know that the directorial debut film of Claudio Bisio is titled Last time we were kids and which will inaugurate the Giffoni Film Festival 2023 on 20 July. Today we learn that the soundtrack of the film, to be released on October 12 with Medusa, was composed pivio e Aldo De Scalzia famous duo of musicians who have worked with a very large number of directors, including i Manetti Bros., who have called them for almost all of their projects. This time their sounds accompany the story of four Roman children who, in the summer of 1943, play war while the bombs of real war explode around them.
Music from The Last Time We Were Kids
About the collaboration with Claudio Bisio per Last time we were kids, pivio e Aldo De Scalzi they said:
In our artistic career we had already met Claudio Bisio as an author (in particular with the film Si può fare, directed by Giulio Manfredonia which had allowed us to obtain the nomination for the David di Donatello for the best music). In this case, however, we were able to collaborate with him by having him by our side as director. And it was a truly special meeting because a context of true complicity was immediately created.
Given the tenor of the film, it was essential to identify a musical direction that would enhance the moments of comedy while preparing the ground for possible further moods. The idea of a very popular sound with very distant klezmer reminiscences in which sometimes to insert hidden quotations of songs of the time was born (in particular one in which the figure of the Balilla Musketeer was exalted, strongly desired by the director), on which then insert more classical orchestrations for symphonic ensemble dedicated to the most lyrical moments of the film.
On the other hand, it is the title of the film itself that can reveal the true spirit of the story: that of the passage, unaware and linked to events, of a group of children towards a more adult stage of their lives. Similarly, the musical path that we have undertaken for this film started from a deliberately simple and naive attitude to gradually become more conscious, serious and articulated.
The last time we were kids: the plot and the cast
Last time we were kids It is based on the book of the same name by Fabio Bartolomei edited by and/or. Here is the official synopsis of the film, from which we have removed the last sentence for us to spoiler:
Italo, Cosimo, Vanda and Riccardo, very different children, live the greatest friendship in the world, impermeable to the divisions of history that bloody Europe. But on 16 October Riccardo, as a Jew, was taken away by the Germans during the roundup of the Ghetto of Rome (the “Black Saturday” whose 80th anniversary falls precisely this year in conjunction with the release of the film). Italo, Cosimo and Vanda leave in secret to convince the Germans to free their friend, traveling in an Italy exhausted by the war, among soldiers in disarray, deserters, occupying German troops, tried and starving populations. Two adults leave to take them home: Agnese, a nun from the orphanage where Vanda lives who hates war, and Vittorio, brother of Italo, a fascist war hero. Unlike the children, Agnese and Vittorio experience their differences as insurmountable and argue constantly. The double journey of children and adults in war-torn Italy will be play and terror, childish poetry and deprivation, discovery of life and risk of death: an experience capable of imprinting its seal on all the characters involved, changing the conscience of individuals and their relationships.
The actors of Last time we were kids I am: Alessio DiDominicantonio, Vincenzo Sebastiani, Carlotta De Leonardis, Lorenzo McGovern Zaini, Marianna Fontana, Federico Cesari, Claudio Bisio. To note the extraordinary participation of Antonello Fassari.
Produced by Sandra Bonzi, Claudio Bisio, Massimo DiRocco, Louis Napoleon and co-produced by Angelo Laudisawith the selective contribution of the Cinema and Audiovisual Directorate General, the film is an Italian-French co-production Solea, Bartlebyfilm, Rosebud Entertainment Pictures in association with Medusa Film and in collaboration with Prime Video.