The Dante by Pupi Avati: a boy in love, rebellious and persecuted

Dante as they have never told us before tries to tell us about it Pupi Avati in his new film, arriving in cinemas on 29 September, produced by Antonio Avati for Duea Film with Rai Cinema and distributed by 01 Distribution. The figure of the poet creator of the Divine Comedy is at the center of the story, told following the journey of another great name in medieval literature, Giovanni Boccaccio, who was Dante’s biographer and popularizer, played by Sergio Castellitto. The young Dante is embodied by Alessandro Sperduti, his beloved Beatrice is played by Carlotta Gamba, while Ludovica Pedetta plays the poet’s wife, Gemma Donati. In the cast, among others, also Enrico Lo Verso, Alessandro Haber, Milena Vikotic, Gianni Cavina, Leopoldo Mastelloni.

Dante, the plot

The film directed by Pupi Avati opens in 1350, about thirty years after Dante’s death in Ravenna, where he was serving the exile imposed on him by Florence. In the decades following the death of Alighieri, his fame grew thanks to the popularization of the Comedy. One of the most passionate popularizers of Dante’s work is Giovanni Boccaccio. It will be he who will offer to take on the task of going to look for the poet’s daughter, Beatrice, a nun in a convent in Ravenna, to deliver her ten gold florins from Florence, as compensation for the unjust suffering inflicted on the father and his family. The author of the Decameron will immediately decide to make the long journey from Tuscany to Romagna a sort of pilgrimage, retracing the steps already touched by the fleeing poet, on which a death sentence hung and forced to live for a large part of his life. far from home, stripped of all good, in misery, pitying hospitality from those who could offer it to him, while he continued to compose his poem with the only hope that the hometown that had repudiated him, in the face of the greatness of his work, would call him back to himself to listen to him poetry.

Boccaccio’s journey thus becomes an opportunity to discover Dante’s existence and reveal little-known moments in the life, joys, pains and difficulties of the man to whom the Divine Comedy is owed.

Dante, as they have never told us

A child whose mother dies when he is still very young and has to put up with his father’s second wife with whom there is no great affection. A boy who falls in love at first sight with an angelic girl, and who will love her for many years, despite the fact that she marries another and dies very young her, breaking her heart. A young man who passes through the fierce and absolute experience of the battlefield. A grieving man on whom his family imposes a marriage in the hope of relieving him of suffering. A family man with the difficulty of making ends meet. A young man who is passionate about politics and the struggle for what he believes in, who finds himself paying dearly for the consequences. An exile, condemned to the stake, wandering and haunted by misery. All this and much more is what Pupi Avati’s film tells us about Dante Alighieri, a figure who in our collective imagination remains the one we studied (and immediately) at school: the austere great poet, who enjoys of eternal glory thanks to his immortal work, that Comedy that was written instead stealing space, time and energy from the greatest difficulties that have studded Dante’s troubled and turbulent life.

A life on which, despite everything, a light shone: the light of poetry, that inspiration which should have saved its author and which instead ‘only’ made him one of the greatest artists of all time. Pupi Avati’s work is truly a great and beautiful tribute to the figure of Dante Alighieri who we discover for the first time in all his humanity, just as the figure of the other giant of literature protagonist of the film, Boccaccio, is imbued with humanity. that Castellitto’s interpretation makes us known when he is already a tired, sick, suffering man, yet very solid in spirit and ready to face a long and tiring journey in the footsteps of the man who inspired him.

And so, from village to village, from monastery to monastery, from library to inn, up to the exciting final meeting, it drags all of us on this splendid spiritual journey, following the indelible and very bright trail of passion, love and poetry left behind. from the road bristling with obstacles of the great poet. An exciting and beautiful film, also rich in metaphors, passion and poetry.

Rating: 7.5

The Dante by Pupi Avati: a boy in love, rebellious and persecuted