SENZACHIEDEREPERMESSO (Italia, 2014, 95′)
XXX X ottobre, ore XX.XX, Cinema Massimo, Sala X
Director: Pier Milanese, Pietro Perotti
Screenplay: Pietro Perotti
Photography: Daina Pupkeviciute, Pietro Perotti, Alessandro Costanza, Monica Affatato
Editing: Pier Milanese
Music: Franco Ranghino
Production: Cinefonie, Fiom Torino e Piemonte
Pietro Perotti, worker at the Fiat Mirafiori plant from 1969 to 1985, was in the communication sector of the factory, creating stickers, murals, writings, drawings, papier-mâché and foam rubber puppets, thus transforming worker processions into a street theater performance. With his Super8 camera, he filmed the strikes that started in 1974. Drawing on previously unpublished material shot by the author-worker, the film builds a portrait of what was Europe’s largest metalworking factory.
Pier Milanese (Alessandria, Italy, 1956) is a director and producer. After moving to Turin in the early 1970s, he took an active part in the political and social struggles of those years, developing a great passion for social and political commitment and for cinema. In the 1980s, he devoted himself to his first experiments with video – exploring stories with a militant gaze – and began working as a production and editing assistant. He shot his first documentary, Nica Libre: appunti dal Nicaragua in 1985. He worked with Jean Rouch on Enigma in 1986. In the early 1990s, he co-founded G.M., a post-production company. In 1992, he started an independent production activity, producing and editing works by filmmakers such as Armando Ceste, Alberto Signetto, Daniele Gaglianone and Mimmo Calopresti. At the same time, he created Fantazone, the first video magazine dedicated to the fantastic. He met Robert Kramer in 1998 and, upon his death, founded the Route 1 cooperative. He resumed working as an independent author and began collaborating with the National Film Archive of the Resistance for which he signed several documentaries.
Pietro Perotti (Ghemme, Italy, 1939), worker, artist, filmmaker, he joined Fiat in July 1969 and remained there until April 25th 1985. He joined the Lenin Collective, where he met the artist Piero Gilardi, who became a true teacher for him. He then moved on to Lotta continua and Avanguardia operaia. After leaving Fiat, he returned to Ghemme, his home town in the Novara area, and invented a carnival dedicated to children’s book illustrators. He met the cartoonist Francesco Tullio Altan, with whom he collaborated. In 2006, he produced with Stefano Benni Mondo Babonzo, Museum of Imaginary Creatures. Materials from the workers’ struggles filmed by Perotti flow into Senzachiederepermesso.
Pier Milanese (selected): Nica libre: appunti dal Nicaragua (co-directed with Tina Castrovilli, doc., 1985), Storie di lotte e deportazione (co-directed with Giovanna Boursier, doc., 2002), Nostra patria sulle montagne. Resistenza in Val di Susa e in Val Sangone (co-directed with Monica Affatato, doc, 2003), 8 settembre 1943. Un giorno nella storia (doc., 2004), Il dolore dei poeti (doc., 2005), Colonne sonore della Resistenza (co-direction with Corrado Borsa e Andrea Spinelli, doc., 2007), Seicentomila NO. La resistenza degli internati militari italiani (doc., 2008), La città elettrica. Torino Rock Anni Ottanta (doc., 2008), I giorni di Torino (doc., 2015), RYU – La scuola dello spirito del salice (doc., 2019).
Pietro Perotti (selected): Compagni (co-direction with Ruggero Alfano, doc., 2019).
Pier Milanese, Pietro Perotti: Fiat, autunno ?80 (doc., 2000), Senzachiederepermesso (doc., 2014)