La destinazione

Emilio, a seventeen year old boy from Rimini, enrols in the Carabinieri. During the training couse in Rome he meets Costantino, a young man from Sardinia…


Regia: Piero Sanna
Sceneggiatura: Piero Sanna, Ezio Alberiore, Franco Fraternale
Fotografia: Emilio Della Chiesa
Musica: Mauro Palmas
Cast: R. Magnani, E. Balia, R. Ballore, S. Brotzu, L. Careddu, C. Gungui, S. Mele
Formato: 35 Mm.
Durata: 124’
Produzione: Ipotesi Cinema Sire
Distribuzione: Mikado

Piero Sanna was born in Benetutti (SS) in 1943. He became a Carabiniere in 1962 and today is working for the “Nucleo operativo del Comando Provinciale” in Milan. He has always dedicated his free time to cinema. He graduated from the Scuola Civica di Cinema in Milan in 1975. He has been an active Ermanno Olmi’s “School” since 1976 and has collaborated with Olmi on several occasions. He made a documentary on Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini in 1979, followed another documentary in 1980 about General Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa. In 1986 he shot “Costa Smeralda (an island in the island)”, a documentary with a social-cultural background about the problems facing tourism in Sardinia. In 1987 he made “Mascaras”, a film with a anthropological background on the rituals of the “Sardinian masks”, acquired by the education department of Rai. This was followed in 1989 by “Vita di un giorno” (1989), on the preventive service of the Arma dei Carabinieri, and “Chida Santa”, in 1991, a documentary set in the central part of Sardinia, about the rites of Christ Passion during the week before Easter.

Emilio, a seventeen year old boy from Rimini, enrols in the Carabinieri. During the training course in Rome he meets Constantino, a young man from Sardinia. By chance at the end of the course Emilio is stationed in Barbagia, a village in Sardinia. When he arrives to the Coloras’s barracks, he is assigned to the squadron with the task of recognition for preventive reasons. Soon he realises that the inland of Sardinia is a world of its own, anchored to archaic values and rites, to atavistic customs and bad habits.
One day a man gets killed under the eyes of his little son, Efisio. The child recognises a man named Cortes as the murderer of his father. The Carabinieri try to capture Cortes and, at the same time, to convince Efisio’s mother to reveal to the magistrate what she knows. Emilio, also orphan by father, feels affection to the child. At the same time, he meets Giacomina, a girl in the village, with whom, in spite of her initial distrust, he starts a relationship. In the meantime Cortes is captured. At the trial he is found free of charges, because the child is not considered a trustful witness. Emilio is disillusioned with the work done. He falls into a state of depression which affects his relationship with Giacomina. When another serious episode on the Thursday before Easter occurs which troubles him even more, he decides to leave the village for a new assignment.


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