“Crime story crossed with comedy” – this description of the Italian film encouraged us to go to the cinema. We do not regret it. Inspector Stucky investigates a series of murders and the mysterious suicide of Desiderio Ancillotto, a count and winemaker. The story unravels on the picturesque hills where Prosecco grapes are grown and recounts the conflict between greed and respect for the land and surrounding nature.
Best Italian film in 2017
Desiderio Ancillotto wants to protect beautiful hills and to produce the best Prosecco in the region. On the horizon though there is a huge cement plant. And its manager who is killed by gunshots shortly after the theatrical death of the old count. Who wrote the symbolic sentence on the wall - "Dust you were and dust you will become again"? Half Italian, half Persian Stucky is a stubborn person and does not look for easy solutions. Looking for the murder (murders?) he discovers more and more of local mysteries. Till the very end one is focused on the thrilling story and can laugh from time to time listening to often funny and vigorous dialogs.
Successful film adaptation
The film is based on an Italian novel by Fulvio Ervas. We enjoyed it very much. We noticed however two inaccuracies – one with taxi plates from Rom (the action takes place elsewhere, in the Treviso province). And the second one with a strange walk to the nearby cemetery. Stucky leaves the castle during the day and arrives there when it is very dark. Well, it happens :).
Summa summarum 8/10.
Director – Antonio Padovan
Writers – Fulvio Ervas, Antonio Padovan, Marco Pettenello
Music – Teho Teardo
Original title - Finché c'è Prosecco c'è speranza
Stucky - Giuseppe Battiston
Desiderio Ancillotto – Rade Serbedzija
Celinda Salvatierra – Liz Solari
Isacco Pitusso – Teco Celio
Sergio Leonardi – Roberto Citran
Francesca Beltrame – Silvia D’Amico
Zio Cyrus – Babak Karimi