April (1998 film)

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Aprile redirects here, for the fictional character see Richie Aprile
French film poster
Directed by Nanni Moretti
Produced by Angelo Barbagallo
Jean Labadie
Nanni Moretti
Written by Nanni Moretti
Starring Nanni Moretti
Silvio Orlando
Silvia Nono
Daniele Luchetti
Music by Ludovico Einaudi
Cinematography Giuseppe Lanci
Edited by Angelo Nicolini
Daniele Sordoni
Release dates
20 May 1998 (France)
Running time
78 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

April (Italian: Aprile) is a 1998 Italian semi-autobiographical film directed by Nanni Moretti. Moretti also played the central character, a filmmaker who has to deal with Italy's political situation, his own goals as an artist and becoming a father.

"He wants to make a musical comedy but he can't get started. So instead he talks about his life, his new baby, his desires and fears. Finally in the very last scene he begins."[1]

Moretti's wife, son and mother appear as themselves.


Moretti is a director in crisis and would like to make a musical film that speaks to the history of a pastry in the Cold War. However, each time he starts to develop the project, Moretti leaves the Institute to devote himself to meditation. In fact there is something in the Italy of his day that afflicts him: the demonic presence in Italy of Silvio Berlusconi and his corrupt colleagues (including Emilio Fede in the TV news) in the government. Moretti, a Communist Party, would like a jolt did topple the government of Berlusconi, but to no avail. After a few days he really wants to make a movie about all the misdeeds of the Prime Minister, but his plans are thwarted by the birth of his child, to whom he devotes himself with an obsessive love. Not knowing what to do, as he seriously risking to fail as a film director, Moretti takes up the idea of the film on the pastry singer.




  1. ^ French director Claire Denis describing the film that 'gave me courage at a time when I was a little lost and sad,' - Daily Telegraph August 16, 2003
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: April". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 

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