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Night of the Shooting Stars in April

Infinity Arthouse have announced the UK DVD release of Night of the Shooting Stars for 17th April 2006 priced at £19.99. From Vittorio and Paolo Taviani, Night of the Shooting Stars (aka The Night Of San Lorenzo) is a multi-award winning film making its UK DVD debut.

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the film is a surreal, tragi-comic portrait of war based around the The Night Of Shooting Stars when, according to Italian folklore, dreams come true.

The Taviani brothers draw on their own childhood memories of the tragedies and comedies of war and portray them through the eyes of six-year-old Cecilia. Now a grown woman, on the Night of San Lorenzo Cecilia reminisces about the fateful summer of 1944 when the occupying German forces were in retreat from the advancing Allied troops.

The Taviani Brothers are known for their politically charged re-workings of historical events. They gained notoriety in 1967 with the groundbreaking Subversives, a film that daringly combined actual footage with a fictional narrative, while Palme D’Or winner Padre Padrone presented an unflinching yet heartwarming portrayal of life in rural Sardinia.

The soundtrack for The Night of San Lorenzo features music by Verdi and an original score by Oscar winner Nicola Pionani (Life Is Beautiful).


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