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A Time to Love (IL Tempo Dell' Amore)

Synopsis

Giacomo Campiotti's A Time To Love is a romantic drama spanning 100 years and three different couples. Ciaran Hinds and Juliet Aubrey star in the first episode as two lovers in colonial Africa during the Boer War, whose passionate love affair is frustrated by the conventions of the time. The film then skips to Nazi-occupied Paris, where the relationship between a young French woman and her Russian lover unravels because of her jealousy. Finally, in contemporary Italy, a young girl nurses a teenage boy back to health through her devotion.

Campiotti, whose debut Like Two Crocodiles won a Golden Globe nomination for best foreign film in 1995, employed unorthodox means to research his film. Keen to write about love, he asked first friends, then strangers - through a small ad in a newspaper - for stories about love. His only stipulation was that they be real. Sifting through the mountains of letters and notes he was sent, he realised that there were key moments that all the stories shared, which mirrored the seasons of the year. He then teamed up with Alexander Adabachian, with whom he co-wrote Like Two Crocodiles.

With financing in place from Italian, French and British sources and a European cast including Ciaran Hinds, Juliet Aubrey and Natacha Regnier, the film cranked up its staggered shoot in late 1998. It premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 1999.

Details

Year
2000
Type of film
Features
Director
Giacomo Campiotti
Music
Giuseppe D’Onghia
Dir
Giacomo Campiotti.
Prods
Leo Pescarolo, Judy Counihan, Cedomir Kolar.
Scr
Giacomo Campiotti, Alexander Adabachian.
DoP
Blasco Giurato.
Prod des
Paolo Bizzari.
Ed
Roberto Missiroli.
Main cast
Ciaran Hinds, Juliet Aubrey, Natacha Regnier, Ignazio Oliva, Natalia Piatti, Giuseppe Faraso, Sergio Rubini.
Budget
$5m.
Funding
RAI, Istituto Luce, StudioCanal, European Co-production Fund, Eurimages.

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Production Company

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Sales
Company

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