Minerva Pictures International

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Directed by Ludovica Andò. Emiliano Aiello

Entirely filmed inside Civitavecchia prison, Fortezza is the reinterpretation of one of the most important novels of the XX century: “The Tartar Steppe” written by Dino Buzzati.
Three soldiers arrive at a solitary military garrison which no longer serves any defensive function. Here time is at a standstill and is marked by strict regulations, power dynamics, engrained idleness and habits. Waiting in vain for an enemy that will not arrive, military officers are consumed by, on the one hand, the need to give their stay a meaning and, on the other hand, the need to resist the attraction this place holds on them.

Festivals & Awards

Filmfest Bremen 2021: in competition

NICE New Italian Cinema Events Festival - Russia 2021: Feature Films

Pune International Film Festival

Festa del Cinema di Roma 2019: Special Events

Laceno d’oro 2019: Concorso lungometraggi

IFFR - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020: Perspectives

FICLO - Festival Internacional de Cinema e Leteratura de Olhao, Portugal

Shanghai International Film Festival: Focus Italy

Valdarno Film Festival

Novos Cinemas, Pontevedra International Film Festival

Festival Internacional de Cine Austral

Ariano International Film Festival

Civitavecchia International Tour Film Festival

Cinema Made in Italy - Athens


Original Title

  • Italy
  • 2019
  • 70' min.
  • Italian


  • Docufilm
  • Drama


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