|Directed by||Mario Martone|
|Produced by||Carlo Degli Esposti|
|Written by||Anna Banti
Giancarlo De Cataldo
|Starring||Luigi Lo Cascio|
|Music by||Giuseppe Verdi, Gioacchino Rossini|
|Edited by||Jacopo Quadri|
|Distributed by||01 Distribution|
170 minutes (cut-edition)
|Language||Italian, French, English, Sicilian dialect - Northern dialect|
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Three young friends: Angelo, Domenico and Salvatore, get notice by the Italian revolutionary movements and organizations of 1828, led by the "liberal" Giuseppe Mazzini. Since all three of the friends are living in a place full of poor and ignorant people (Sicily), they decide to leave for Piedmont, as do most whom are stimulated by the ideals of Mazzini and Camillo Benso di Cavour. Mazzini, however, was forced into exile in England, after the failure of his revolutionary movements in Italy and in France. So Domenico journeys to find Mazzini, while Angelo—who's currently in Piedmont—decides to go to France, and upon arrival attends the environments of nobility. Salvatore is determined to see the birth of a new Italy after it is killed by Domenico. Domenico reveals an important secret to Salvatore, a secret that would have them believe that Mazzini was in fact a traitor to his country, Italy.
Mazzini, with plenty of time to himself, concocts a plan for a new clash against the Emperor Napoleon III to re-establish an Italian control of Piedmont, with the incentive to snatch the Veneto for the power of Austria.
The year is now 1856, while Angelo continues to fight for the ideas of Mazzini, while his partner Domenico is now imprisoned in a fortress in Sicily and has been imprisoned for the past 8 years, since 1848. Domenico was imprisoned for his revolutionary efforts and was caught after the failure of the new wave of revolutionary uprisings, the uprisings ended in disaster with the First Italian War of Independence. Domenico is confronted by some political prisoners, including an earl, and manages to keep his spirits and his sanity together until his release from prison. Old Domenico fled to Paris, France immediately.
Angelo, who is still in Piedmont, is with the other Mazzini follower, including his favorite comrade, Felice Orsini. Angelo had made an attempt on the life of the French Emperor Napoleon III, at a night at the Opera, by throwing bombs onto the street. But, unfortunately, the plan had failed and now the inevitable condemnation of Angelo ensued. Domenico, recently released from prison, witnesses the court sentence for Angelo and Felice.
The following year, after the unification of Italy, Domenico, after many years away from his home, finally goes back to Sicily and upon arrival heads to Calabria. In 1862 Domenico meets the famous Mille followed Giuseppe Garibaldi, who participated in the bankruptcy battle of Aspromonte.
- Luigi Lo Cascio as Domenico
- Valerio Binasco as Angelo
- Francesca Inaudi as Young Cristina of Belgiojoso
- Guido Caprino as Felice Orsini
- Renato Carpentieri as Carlo Poerio
- Ivan Franek as Simon Bernard
- Andrea Bosca as Young Angelo
- Edoardo Natoli as Young Domenico
- Luigi Pisani as Salvatore
- Stefano Cassetti as Rudio
- Michele Riondino as Saverio
- Franco Ravera as Gomez
- Andrea Renzi as Sigismondo Castromediano
- Edoardo Winspeare as Nisco
- Anna Bonaiuto as Cristina of Belgiojoso
- Toni Servillo as Giuseppe Mazzini
- Luca Zingaretti as Francesco Crispi
- Romuald Andrzej Klos as Worcell
- "Venezia 67". labiennale.org. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-07-29.