Thursday September 23rd, 06:30 pm, Cinema Massimo, Screen 2

Tribute to Pietro Balla

Job Film Days wishes to remember Pietro Balla, independent filmmaker from Turin who has recently passed away, with an event dedicated to him and his work. The cornerstone of this homage is the screening of a work that is as militant as evocative and poetic like Radio Singer made in 2009. In addition, the documentary Laboratorio di supporto allo scioperodella Singer by Corrado Iannelli (Italy, 1976, doc, 23′) will be screened. Afterwards, the tribute will continue with the memory of Pietro Balla with an open conversation with Monica Repetto (director), Marcella Filippa (Vera Nocentini Foundation), Paolo Manera (Turin Piedmont Film Commission), Davide Oberto (Turin Film Festival). Modera Elena Testa (CSC- Ivrea National Archive of Corporate Cinema).

Access mode: admission to the event is available with the purchase of tickets, either online or at Cinema Massimo?s ticket office.


RADIO SINGER (Italy, 2009, 52′)

Director: Pietro Balla
Screenplay: Pietro Balla, Marcella Filippa, Enrico Miletto
Photography: Pietro Balla, Francesca Frigo, Andrea Parena
Editing: Cristina Flamini
Cast: Erika di Crescenzo, Bruno Brancaleoni, Salvatore Merola, Guerrino Babbini, Rosaria Gigantiello, Agnese Cappelletto, Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Piero Fassino
Producer: Monica Repetto, Marcella Filippa, Enrico Miletto
Production: Deriva Film, Fondazione Vera Nocentini Onlus

Turin, October 1st 1977. American multinational company Singer closes its Leini factory, which leads to protests from its workers. This will be just one of the events that are happening during the day. Maddalena, speaker of Radio Singer – one of the first free radios in the country that will broadcast for the last time that day – is among the protesters. At the same time, a procession of students marches towards Palazzo Nuovo: a few Molotov cocktails are thrown and a young man who was at the Angelo Azzurro bar gets hit.

«August 2009. Italy. It?s hot. Political opposition is exercised by the second national newspaper, La Repubblica. The economic crisis forces workers to take extreme actions, such as throwing themselves from crane wagons or tying themselves to ledges. It?s hot. The winning cultural model is the one embodied by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. It?s Hot. We need to understand where this horror began. You have to understand. We have to be ruthless with our own mistakes. Because it all began within us» (Pietro Balla)

Pietro Balla (Poirino, Italy, 1956 – 2021) was an Italian director, author and producer. He graduated in Political Science and in 1985 he started doing documentaries and shows for Italian television, among them Supergiovani for channel Rai2. His cinema work is particularly interested in the situation of laborers. He participated in many festivals and also won various awards. One of his most famous works is ThyssenKrupp Blues (2008), which participated in the Venice Film Festival.