Directed by Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani • 1977 • Italy
Starring Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marconi
Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, this classic by the Taviani brothers is based on an autobiography by Gavino Ledda, “The One That Got Away.” Gavino is six when his father hauls him out of school to keep watch over sheep on a barren countryside, huddled in a makeshift hut night and day. The child is constantly abused by his father, who treats him as his own father treated him. When the illiterate Gavino is commanded by his father to join the army, he learns a trade and a new concept of life, discovering the outside world and his own identity within it.