Studiocanal to release new restorations of Nanni Moretti’s ‘APRILE’ & ‘THE SON’S ROOM’

Studiocanal has announced brand new restorations of two of acclaimed writer, director and actor Nanni Moretti‘s most celebrated films – APRILE (1998) and the Palme D’or winning THE SON’S ROOM (La Stanza del Figlio, 2001) – which will be available to own on Blu-ray for the very first time in the UK on 23rd November 2020.

These stunning new restorations will also be available on DVD and Digital as part of the growing Vintage World Cinema Collection.

These new restoration and digitisations were carried out in partnership with Studiocanal and with the support of the CNC.

APRILE (1998)

Written & Directed by Nanni Moretti

Starring: Nanni Moretti, Silvio Orlando, Silvia Nono, Pietro Moretti, Agata Apicella Moretti

Nanni Moretti’s semi-autobiographical and humorous account of his experiences in fatherhood was nominated for a Palme D’or on its release in 1998. Beginning when his wife Silvia (played by Moretti’s actual wife, Silvia Nono) announces her pregnancy, family, work and politics mingle in a charming light-hearted tale with a large helping of irony and humour.

Following the general election of 1994, won by the centre-right coalition led by Silvio Berlusconi, Moretti is encouraged by a journalist friend to make a documentary about the current political situation in Italy.

Two years pass, another election is held, and he has still made no progress with his documentary. He starts another project (a musical about a Trotskyist pastry chef in the 1950s) but becomes disillusioned and increasingly distracted by the pregnancy. When his son Pietro is born and the centre-left coalition Ulivo wins the election, he continues to try to shoot his documentary, but with the film remaining unfinished he must learn to stop hesitating in order to complete his passion project.

Blu-ray / DVD Extras:

Le cercle du cinéma (Festival de Cannes 1998).

THE SONS ROOM (La Stanza del Figlio, 2001)

Written & Directed by Nanni Moretti

Starring: Nanni Moretti, Laura Morante, Giuseppe Sanfelice, Jasmine Trinca

Nanni Moretti writes, directs and stars in this Palme D’or winning story of family grief and bereavement. Psychiatrist Giovanni (Moretti) lives happily with his family in a small Italian coastal town. One Sunday he is due to spend time with his son Andrea (Giuseppe Sanfelicem), when he receives an anguished call from Oscar, one of his patients, and feels he must go and see him instead; however later that afternoon Andrea accidentally drowns in a diving accident.

Over the following weeks, Giovanni, his wife Paola (Laura Morante), and daughter Irene (Jasmine Trinca), remain shell-shocked with grief; with Giovanni suspending his practice, and relations between himself and Paola becoming increasingly difficult. When a letter then arrives from a girl who Andrea had met the previous summer, who none of the family knew anything about, they all become curious to learn more about this person who meant so much to their departed son and brother.

Blu-ray / DVD Extras:

Interview with Nanni Moretti and Laura Morante (Cannes Film Festival 2001).

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