For Lucio

by Pietro Marcello

For Lucio


A visual and sonorous journey into the poetic and irreverent imagery of the Italian singer, Lucio Dalla. This documentary presents an untold narration of Dalla’s world, through the words of his faithful manager Tobia and his childhood friend Stefano Bonaga. The film mixes biography and history, reality and imagination, as portrayed by the found footage, both public and private, official and amateur. Here, lyrics and music illustrate an underground and nuanced Italy, a free narration of the country’s history through tragic events and economic boom. This is the Italy of the underdogs and the marginalized: Dalla’s Italy.


Born in 1976 in Caserta, Pietro Marcello is considered to be one of the greatest auteurs of contemporary Italian cinema. Alumnus of the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples where he studied painting, he shot his first short films in the early 2000s: Il Cantiere which won the XI edition of “Libero Bizzarri” and later La Baracca. He presented his first feature, Il passaggio della linea, in the Orrizonti section at the Mostra del Cinema di Venice in 2007, which garnered international acclaim. His 2009 La Bocca del Lupo was awarded at many festivals, including the Teddy Award at the Berlinale, Premio Cagliari, Grand Prix International du Cinéma du Réel, and winner at the Turin Film Festival. In 2011, Marcello presented Il silenzio di Pelešjan at the 68th Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. In 2015, Bella e Perduta got special mention at the Locarno Film Festival, won the Bergman Award at the Göteborg Film Festival, the Love&Change Competition Award at the International Festival in Istanbul, the Nastro d’Argento for best Documentary, and was prized at the International Festival of La Roche-Sur-Yon. Marcello made his first fiction film Martin Eden (2019), an adaptation of the Jack London novel. This romantic, political and poetic oeuvre made its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it was awarded the Coppa Volpi prize for best actor, and later the Platform Prize Toronto International Film Festival 2019, the Golden Giraldillo Seville European Film Festival 2019, along with 11 nominations at the David di Donatello 2020 where it won Best ScreenplayAdaptation. Martin Eden was also candidate at the EFA 2020 for Best Film, Best Director, Best non-original screenplay, and best actor.


2021 For Lucio
2019 Martin Eden
2015 Lost and Beautiful
2011 The Silence of Pelesjan
2009 The Mouth of the Wolf
2007 Crossing the Line


Umberto (Tobia) Righi
Stefano Bonaga


Director Pietro Marcello
Script writer Pietro Marcello, Marcello Anselmo
Director of photography Ilyà Sapeha
Producers Beppe Caschetto, Anastasia Michelagnoli

Technical Data

format DCP / colour / 5.1
length 79 min.
original language Italian

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