Goodbye Giuseppe Bertolucci
The Festival del film Locarno was greatly saddened to hear of the death of director and screenwriter Giuseppe Bertolucci.
A major and significant figure in Italian cinema, Giuseppe Bertolucci was a guest of the festival on several occasions. In 1975 he presented his first film, Abicinema, a documentary he had made on the set of Novecento (1974), when he was helping his brother Bernardo. In subsequent years he made several more documentaries including Andare e venire (1971), selected for Locarno in1995 for the special short film section Pardi di domani, Se non è ancora la felicità (1976) and Panni sporchi (1985). Giuseppe Bertolucci’s long career included some highly productive and important collaborations with directors and actors. In 1977 he met Roberto Benigni, directing him in Berlinguer ti voglio bene, a cinematic adaptation of the actor’s theatre production; in 1984 he directed a selection of great Italian actresses, including Lina Sastri, Stefania Sandrelli, Alida Valli, Mariangela Melato and Giulia Boschi in Segreti Segreti, co-scripted with screenwriter Vincenzo Cerami and screened in Locarno’s official selection in 1985.
His later films included Amori in corso (1989), Tino e Tano (1996), Raccionepeccui (1995), all screened at Locarno, and finally, Pasolini prossimo nostro (2006). From 1997 to 2011 the filmmaker spent his final years running the Bologna Cineteca.
Giuseppe Bertolucci died in Disio (Lecce) on June 16, at the age of 65.