This wry human comedy combines gentle realism with touching fantasy to tell the story of Luna Di Capua (Iaia Forte) and her shadow. It is 1955 and Neapolitan Luna and her father are living in Milan. Luna is a dedicated schoolteacher who has forgotten the joys of life and is constantly put upon by the school principal and a fellow teacher who longs for the return of good, solid fascism. Instilling discipline into her pupils and her own life, she fails to realize, amongst other things, that the school caretaker has loved her for years. But miracles begin to happen when the Panforti Circus comes to town and Igor's magic lantern enables Luna's shadow, bored with her dull life, to free herself and become independent, confusion inevitably following not least when she ends up staying in front of the local whorehouse. The film conjures up an affecting picture of 50s Italy, with Communists and Fascists, the local brass band that plays at funerals and an ongoing concern with the four landmines that have never been found. The film LUNA E L'ALTRA is a wonderfully amusing ode to human happiness.
Maurizio NICHETTI - Director Born 1948, Nichetti earned a degree in architecture before studying mime at Milan's Piccolo Teatro. From 1971 to 1978 he worked as a scriptwriter and director on Bruno BOZZETTO's animated films, appearing in ALLEGRO NON TROPPO in 1976. His first feature, RATAPLAN (1979 about an unemployed engineer, used practically no dialogue. Shot on 16mm with a budget of $ 100.000 it earned $ 3 million at the Italian box office. Due to lack of opportunities the 80s saw him working mainly on TV. He became one of Italy's best known actors, who with his mix of slapstick and conceptual comedy was compared to Charlie CHAPLIN, Jacques TATI and Jerry LEWIS. In 1988 he achieved an international success with the ICYCLE THIEFS, a satire which examined changes in post-war Italian culture from De SICA's grey survivors to contemporary day-glo consumers. With the success of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT, Nichetti was finally able to raise finance for a long planned project and in 1991 he directed, with Guido MANULI the adventurous VOLERE VOLARE which moved backwards and forwards from animated to real-life sequences. Maurizio Nichetti writes, performs and directs his own material carrying his unique screen persona from film to film.
FILMOGRAPHY: RATAPLAN (1979), HO FATTO SPLASH (1980), DOMANI SI BALLA (1982), PRIMA DI RATAPLAN (TV, 1983), QUO VADIS? (TV,1984), IL BE IL BA (1985), LADRI DI SAPONE/ The Icicle Thief / (1988), VOLERE VOLARE (CO-dir. 1990), STEFANO QUANTESTORIE (1993), PALLA DI NEVE (1994), LUNA E L'ALTRA (1996)
Luca BIGAZZI - D.O.P. Bigazzi is one of the leading Italian D.O.P.'s . His typical film was the recent L'AMORE MOLESTO (1993) directed by Mario MARTONE.