Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979)
In his memory, the festival will screen “Uomini Contro” (Many Wars Ago, 1970). Rosi’s anti-war drama takes place on the mountainous Austrian-Italian front during World War I.
“The loss of Francesco Rosi is the loss of an outstanding filmmaker. With their explosive power, Rosi’s films are still persuasive today. His works are classics of politically engaged cinema,” commented Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick.
The Berlinale dedicated its 2008 Homage to Rosi, showing 13 of his films and honoring him with the Honorary Golden Bear for his life achievements.
In his works, Rosi reflected critically on political, economic and intellectual developments in Italy, often triggering intense public reactions, the festival said in a statement.
Rosi first found his own personal style and established himself internationally with “Salvatore Giuliano
The upcoming Berlinale also will feature an homage of 13 Rosi films, including Salvatore Giuliano, the film that won the best director Silver Bear in Berlin in 1962 and marked Rosi's international breakthrough.
In his long career, the 85-year-old Rosi has returned repeatedly to Italian economic and political history. Whether it is the history of the Mafia in films such as the Palme d'Or-winning The Mattei Affair (1972) and Lucky Luciano (1973); the tension between Italy's rich industrial north and its poor agricultural south in Christ Stopped at Eboli (1979); or the fate of Italian post-World War II immigrants to West Germany in The Magliari (1959).
In addition to the Palme d'Or and the Silver Bear, Rosi won Venice's Golden Lion in 1963 for Hands Over the City, an expose of building scandals in his hometown of Naples.
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