Sic@Sic 2016


by Marco Bellocchio / Italy 2016 / 18' / Special Event – Opening Short

Cast and Credits

Original title / Pagliacci

English title / Clowns

Director / Marco Bellocchio

Screenplay / Marco Bellocchio

Cinematography / Daniele Ciprì

Editing / Claudio Misantoni

Music / Andrea Farri

Sound / Riccardo Milano

Art Direction / Eleonora Diana

Cast / Lucia Ragni (mother), Luca Micheletti (son), Federica Fracassi (daughter), Rebecca Liberati (Nedda), Corrado Invernizzi (Canio/mother’s friend), Mino Manni (hipnotizer)

Production / Kavac Film with Fare Cinema in collaboration with Rai Cinema

World SalesThe Match Factory

Format / DCP, color

Runtime / 18 min.


In the theater of a small village, rehersals are taking place for a show based on the opera I Pagliacci. There is no orchestra, just a piano and the singers. Amongs the few people in the audience there is the mother of the singer, a rich local lady and financer of the project, the sister, and a few other people involved in the show. During a dinner party at this rich lady’s house, a hiposis session takes place, where rancor and pain emerge from the brother and sister towards their mother and their impossibility of overcoming them.

Marco Bellocchio

Marco BellocchioMarco Bellocchio was born in Piacenza in 1939. His debut film I pugni in tasca was awarded in Locarno in 1965 and put him in the international spotlight. In 2011 he received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice International Film Festival and in 2015 the Leopard of Honour at the Locarno Film Festival. Since 2014 he is the president of the Cineteca di Bologna. Retrospectives dedicated to his work were organized all over the world, amongst them one at Moma in New York in 2015 and this year at the Festival Internacional du Film de la Rochelle.