In the deep Sardinia of the 1940s, at the age of five, little Gavino is forced to drop out of school after only two months because he now has to help his father keep the animals. He thus grows up in isolation, far from human society. It is thanks to military service at the age of 21 that he can escape his father's grip. He learns to read, which is for him a revelation (he will become a linguist), and when he leaves the army, he rejects the report of quasi-slavery imposed by his father.

Original Title Padre Padrone
German Title Padre Padrone - Mein Vater, mein Herr
French Title Padre Padrone
Other Titles Padre Padrone
Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Country Italy
Available Formats 35mm, DVD, Blu-ray, DCP
Screenplay Gavino Ledda (Buch, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
Film Editing Roberto Perpignani
Soundtrack Egisto Macchi
Cinematography Mario Masini
Sound Pietrantonio Federico, Giovanni Sardo
Décors Gianni Sbarra
Costumes Lina Nerli Taviani
Production Giuliani G. De Negri, Rai Due
Runtime 113 Min.
Language Italienisch/d + f
Actors
Omero Antonutti Vater
Saverio Marconi Gavino
Marcella Michelangeli Mutter
Fabrizio Forte Gavino jung
Marino Cenna Hirte
Stanko Molnar Sebasiano
Nanni Moretti Cesare
Pierluigi Alvau
Giuseppino Angioni
Fabio Angioni
Awards

Palme d'Or Cannes 1977

Special David 1978

FIPRESCI Prize 1977

Interfilm Grand Prix Berlinale 1977

«Was Padre padrone über die meisten Filme mit politisch-ideologischem Vorzeichen hinaushebt, ist seine Sinnlichkeit, seine dichterische Grösse und seine bildliche Schönheit. Alles stimmt hier: die gedankliche Genauigkeit, die Weite und Herbheit der Landschaft, die Gesichter der Spieler, ihr sparsamer Dialog und die Musik, die von den Tavianis wie schon in ihren beiden letzten Filmen San Michele aveva un gallo und Allonsanfán mit einer geradezu urtümlichen Wucht eingesetzt wird.» Fred Zaugg, Der Bund


«Construction rigoureuse qui est sans doute la condition même de la plus grande leçon que donne le film; ce destin exemplaire n'est pas donné comme destin-modèle: c'est tout ensemble la description au plus près du vécu du protagoniste de cette ascension sociale et ses limites que propose Padre padrone. Il n'y a pas de miracle à cette richesse du film, qui est d'abord le résultat d'une réflexion sur le langage même qui a précédé et nourri ce film sur l'acquisition du langage.» Émile Breton

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