April (1998 film)

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French film poster
Directed by Nanni Moretti
Produced by
Written by Nanni Moretti
Music by Ludovico Einaudi
Cinematography Giuseppe Lanci
Edited by
Release date
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.


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 Moretti has still made no progress with his documentary. He begins shooting another project, alluded to in Dear Diary, a musical about a Trotskyist pastry chef set in the 1950s, but he becomes disillusioned and is distracted by his wife Silvia’s pregnancy, which preoccupies him more and more. His son Pietro is born, and the centre-left coalition Ulivo wins the election. Moretti continues to try to shoot his documentary in Venice and Apulia, but the film is never finished. On his forty-fourth birthday he realises that he must stop hesitating and he finally begins shooting his musical in earnest.




  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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