The Italian filmmaker Paolo Benvenuti is little known outside of Italy, although several recent festival retrospectives have begun opening the world’s eyes to this iconoclastic director. His 1992 work Confortorio is set during one long night in 1736 Rome, as a group of Catholic high priests attempts to “convert” two Jewish thieves who have been sentenced to death. “Every death has to be comforted; every soul has to be saved,” says one priest; the two stubborn thieves, however, have other plans for their (after)lives, even as their “saviors” move from religious fervor to torture.Read More »
Gostanza da Libbiano (2000) is based on the real-life trial of the 60-year-old nun Gostanza da Libbiano who was persecuted for witchcraft in 1594, imprisoned and interrogated by church representatives.
Gostanza da Libbiano is the third in a “trilogy of identity” which also includes The Kiss of Judas (1998) and Confortorio (1992).
The italian director, Paolo Benvenuti, shot the entire film in San Miniato, 35 Km East from Pisa, in Tuscany. The film has been financed by the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage.
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