The film we co-authored with Guido Chiesa last year, set in 1977 during the Bologna student uprising, is going to be screened in the UK (London 9 April, Glasgow 13 April, Edinburgh 15 april) in the context of the Italian Film Festival.
Places, timetable, and bookings at:

Those who can't attend can order the DVD here:
(no English subtitles though)


This is the blurb we found on the festival's website:

Dir: Guido Chiesa
2004 111mins
Revisiting the Italy of the radical Seventies and its obsessions with class struggle, creative anarchy and macrame ponchos, Working Slowly (Radio Alice) provides a fascinating glimpse of a time of protest.
In a working-class district on the outskirts of Bologna, Sgualo (Tommaso Ramenghi) and Pelo (Marco Luisi) hang out at the local cafe, allergic to gainful employment. They don’t mind the occasional shady job for local hood Marangon (Valerio Binasco), but they’re convinced there’s little future whichever way they turn.


This is the official website of the film. It's in Italian but there's a lot of clips and audio files to check out, as well as the trailer.


This is what we wrote about the film on Giap/digest#26 a few months ago:

Actually the international title is "Radio Alice", but the movie is originally called "Lavorare con lentezza" [Work Slowly], after a 1970's song by Italian folk-singer Enzo Del Re: "Work slowly / And effortlessly / Work may hurt you / And send you to the hospital / Where there's no bed left / And you may even die. / Work slowly / And effortlessly / Health is priceless."
Guido had directed a very good documentary on Radio Alice in 2002, the year that marked the 25th anniversary of the March 1977 riots in Bologna, Rome, and other Italian cities. At the peak of the riots, the Bologna-based independent far-leftist "mao-dadaist" radio station called Radio Alice was shut down by the police.
Here you can find a blurb of the documentary and a biographical note on Guido.
In 2001 Guido contacted us via e-mail, said that after the documentary he was willing to make a feature film on the same subject, and asked if we were interested in co-authoring the screenplay. We were.
We were already acquainted with the story and the memories of that movement, but went back to studying all the same. The screenplay was written in 2002 and 2003, and the movie was shot in October and November 2003. It was produced by Fandango [], the most dynamic production firm in Italy.
"Lavorare con lentezza" was among the competing films at the 61st Venice International Film Festival. 21-year-old Tommaso Ramenghi and Marco Luisi, both at their debut, jointly won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best upcoming actors. The premiere of the film at Italian cinemas is scheduled for October 1st.
As yet, the movie's official website [] is only in Italian, but you don't need to know the language to grasp some meaning: you may watch the trailer or take a look at the poster:
Here's the English translation of a long rant by Collective A/traverso, which loosely "ran" the actual radio station in those days:


11 March 1977, Bologna. During the violent clashes between police and youths that end up with the intervention of armoured vehicles, a Carabiniere kills the student Francesco Lo Russo. 12 March 1977. The brief history of Radio Alice, accused of having directed the battle by radio, ends with the Carabinieri breaking in. It is the first time in the history of the Italian republic that a radio station was closed down by military hands.
Radio Alice was one of the most singular and original experiments on language and communication that ever took hold in Italy. Lacking a proper newsroom and even less a programme schedule, the Bologna broadcaster made spontaneity and linguistic contamination something more than just a flag to wave. It was a project where political, artistic and existential petitions blended in the common denominator of radio space. Today, after more than a quarter of a century, maybe we can start to talk about Alice again, to try to understand if there was something in that voice that could be used again today.

Guido is a film director and a rock critic. He was born in Turin in 1959. In the early Eighties, after taking a degree in the History of Cinema, he moved to the United States, where he worked as an assistant director with Jim Jarmusch, Amos Poe, and Michael Cimino. After returning to Italy, Guido directed several shorts, documentaries, videoclips and feature films. During the 1990's, the main subject of his works was the heritage and memory of antifascist Resistance. Sonic Youth named a song after him ("Guido", from the "Dirty" album, Deluxe edition, cd 2, track #10).


The film was very successful in Italy and we hope you'll like it too.

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