Bellocchio: “‘Outside Night’ engaging story without court intentions”

The Emilian director presents the TV series on the 55 days of the kidnapping of Aldo Moro which will be broadcast in three evenings on 14, 15 and 17 November on Rai1. Fuortes: “A product that fits into Rai’s noble tradition with great directors called upon to create works for television”

The kidnapping of Aldo Moro is a “tragedy that still makes us beat, which involves us and which I tell without the desire to come to terms with something or someone, without looking for a culprit. In short, without court intentions“. Like this Marco Bellocchio presents’Exterior Night‘, the series in six episodes and three evenings, broadcast on Rai1 the November 14th, 15th and 17thon the 55 days of the kidnapping of Aldo Moro, produced by Lorenzo Mieli for The Apartment, a company of the Fremantle group, with Simone Gattoni for Kevac Film, in collaboration with Rai Fiction, in co-production with Arte France.

A series that possesses the language of great auteur cinema and which, underlines the CEO of Viale Mazzini, Carlo Fuortesit “fits into the noble tradition of Rai of the past when he asked great directors to create specific products for TV. A tradition – underlines the CEO – that we have revived with the three film-operas by Mario Martone last year and with the theatrical series just finished shooting with Paolo Sorrentino. In ‘Fuori Notte’ Bellocchio manages to tell one of the most dramatic moments in Italian history with great clarity, bringing a product of the highest quality to the homes of Italians. I believe this falls fully within the mission of the public service“, concludes Fuortes, announcing the intention to create with Bellocchio a new project for tv.

The series employs a top notch cast that sees Fabrizio Gifuni in the role of Aldo Moro, Margherita Buy in those of his wife Eleonora Chiavarelli, Tony Servillo in the role of Pope Paul VI e Fausto Russo Alesi in that of the then Minister of the Interior Francesco Cossiga. After the presentation at the Cannes, New York and London Film Festivals, ‘Exterior Night’, is today’s news, it was awarded to the Sao Paulo Festival of Brazil. In addition, in December she will receive the Award for Innovative Storytelling at the Efa, the European Oscars. “A product that will remain in Rai’s great heritage”, he underlines Maria Pia Admire yourselfdirector of Rai Fiction, thanking Bellocchio “who managed to tell those 55 days in the form of a great popular novel with which we hope to reach the young people who did not know those days directly. Rai1 – recalls Ammirati – has grown by 25% on young audiences “.

The series, based on in-depth studies and historical analyzes lasting three years, examines the kidnapping of Moro in three chapters: “In the first episode, the structure provided that Moro presented himself as a political leader and then reappeared only in the last”, he explains. Bellocchio, who has already addressed the story of the DC leader in ‘Buongiorno, notte’ of 2003, claiming the “freedom of invention that a historian might not like it. “And on the apparent lack of suffering of the protagonist, Bellocchio explains that in the third episode” Gifuni, who plays Moro, manifests at a certain point a great suffering and anger also for his being a Christian. They are ten minutes, a time that is infinite for TV, in which he talks about hatred, concentrating everything leaden climate which is contained in his letters“.

“This story had to be told – reflects Gifuni – not only to narrate a crucial moment of the Italian twentieth century, but to try to understand the relationship that moment has with us today. memory which has been shamelessly torn apart in recent decades, passing on the idea that memory is divisive and that we must live in a eternal present. I – observes Gifuni – at the time of the events I was in sixth grade, but I remember very well the atmosphere of those years, in the squares, in the schools, in the city set on fire. It was a climate of perennial alarmbut although they were violent years, they were also years of great vitality for the republic “.

Margherita Buy gives life to Eleonora, Moro’s wife: “I hope to be able to give back all that this woman experienced in those days and I am proud to have interpreted her because she is a little told woman“. Another important character of those terrible days that go from March 16 to May 9, 1978 is Pope Paul VIwho wrote a letter to the Red Brigades begging for the release of his friend Moro: “A conflicted character – says Servillo – who recalls some of the most important figures of theatrical dramaturgy“. Finally, Francesco Cossiga, Minister of the Interior at the time, a complex, impregnable, powerful and at times mysterious figure in these 55 days, struggling between human reason and reason of state“, says Fausto Russo Alesi, award-winning actor for his interpretations in the theater who has already worked with Bellocchio many times (‘Il traitore’, ‘Sangue del mioangue’, ‘Vincere’) and in these days he is in the theater in ‘La Stranezza ‘by Roberto Andò. “For Cossiga Aldo Moro was friend and teacher“, underlines Russo Alesi, recalling that in the series the former President of the Republic” says clearly: ‘I owe everything I know to him and I am not able to save him‘. This is a great human suffering that Cossiga will carry on him, on his skin “.