When a great Italian director recounts the most mythical of all filmmakers
It's strange to be called Federico is a film tribute to Federico Fellini, his art and his personality. The filmmaker Ettore Scola brings to life their meeting in the satirical journal Marc'Aurelio in the 1950s, their mutual friends - including Marcello Mastroianni - and above all the shared pleasure of making films...
“I wanted to talk to Federico. To summon memories, to find conversations, documents, drawings he had made. [...] We laughed a lot with Federico. Of life, of the world and of himself. » Ettore Scola
On the occasion of the twenty years of his disappearance, That it is strange to be called Federico retraces the incredible journey of the immense Italian director Federico Fellini, and in particular the great story of friendship he shared with Ettore Scola. , his fellow filmmaker eleven years his junior. After ten years of absence from the cinematographic landscape, the director of Affreux, sales et wicked returns behind the camera to evoke the man who was both his mentor and his friend, and whose career was often intertwined with his - from their beginnings within the Marc'Aurelio newspaper to their worldwide consecration as filmmakers, passing through their common friendship with Marcello Mastroianni. To make this tribute film, Ettore Scola favors a strong and atypical aesthetic since his work is at the crossroads of documentary film, presenting numerous archival documents, and quasi-experimental reconstruction film - with Scola's grandsons to play the roles of the two filmmakers in their youth. Acclaimed at the Venice Film Festival in 2013, It's strange to be called Federico tells the most beautiful and inventive way the life and the extraordinary career of a legend of cinema, Federico Fellini.
IT IS STRANGE TO BE NAMED FEDERICO (2013 – Colors – 93 mins)