Screening of film by Elisabetta Sgarbi (2004), 80 minutes
with Galatea Ranzi, Toni Servillo, Laura Morante and Anna Bonaiuto
commentary by Elisabetta Sgarbi

Love, passion, jealousy, betrayal: strong feelings that animate this full-length film by Elisabetta Sgarbi.
Notte senza fine – the same title is used for the volume published by Bompiani – draws its inspiration from three short stories by Amin Maalouf, Tahar Ben Jelloun and Hanif Kureishi. The episode written by Amin Maalouf, Love from Afar, is based on the troubadour narrations of love stories lived at a distance, becoming idealized and too quickly having to face the possibility of death. La fatalità della bellezza (Beauty Is a Fate Better Than Death), by Tahar Ben Jelloun, narrates the obsessions of a man visited by the spectres – vague but insistent – of the jealousy of his wife. Until one day, when finally the voice of the woman is heard, reality overturns every expectation and overcomes every fear. Il buio (The Darkness), by Hanif Kureishi, explores the mind of a woman who examines her past – one of illness – and which branches into a hallucination concerning two different people: a father and his daughter, under the cloud if incest. Guilt, love and the past come together to form a heavy weight, but little by little the shadows finally liberate the mind of the woman.


Elisabetta Sgarbi
is Editor in Chief for Bompiani. She was responsible for editing Ressurga la tumba di Pietro Andrea de’ Bassi (1986), Frasario essenziale per passare inosservati in società by Ennio Flaiano (with Vanni Scheiwiller, 1986) and Scritti dispersi di Alberto Savinio (1989). In 1994 she published the world’s first edition of Ladro di sguardi, a volume of photographs by Stanley Kubrick for the periodical “Look“ between 1945 and 1949. The many Italian authors included Carmelo Bene, Enrico Ghezzi, Alain Elkann, Sandro Veronesi and Edoardo Nesi. Foreign novels included works by Hanif Kureishi, Michael Cunningham, Michel Houellebecq, Amin Maalouf, Tahar Ben Jelloun and the world-wide best selling author Paulo Coelho. In 1999, Elisabetta made her début as a director: her short features were screened at the International Film Festival in Venice and at all the major Italian film festivals. For the past ten years Elisabetta has been artistic director of La Milanesiana – Letteratura Musica Cinema festival.


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Thursday 20 March, 20:45

San Francesco Former Convent

Pordenone - Via della Motta, 13

Free admission