Greenery Will Bloom Again (Torneranno I Prati)



Sequoia 2 Fri, Oct 9, 2015 2:00 PM
Lark Theatre Wed, Oct 14, 2015 3:00 PM
Rafael 1 Fri, Oct 16, 2015 1:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Focus: Cinema Bellissimo
Running Time:80 min
Director:Ermanno Olmi
Producer:Elisabetta Olmi
Luigi Musini
Screenwriter:Ermanno Olmi
Cinematographer:Fabio Olmi
Editor:Paolo Cottignola
Cast:Claudio Santamaria
Alessandro Sperduti
Francesco Formichetti
Andrea Di Maria
Print Source:Rai Cinema
Note Writer:Dominique O'Neil


In this pacifist war drama, Italian cinema maestro Ermanno Olmi (The Tree of Wooden Clogs) exquisitely and impressionistically recounts his grandfather’s experiences in the battle trenches of World War I. Surrounded by tangled barbed wire, among snowfall and sleet, a young soldier sings love songs atop a bunker, while just meters away, the opposition applauds him. The soldier calls for a truce between the men, but only the snowfall answers his plea for an end to the violence. Minimalist in dialogue, unspoken emotions are elucidated through close-ups, glances and gazes, creating unforgettable portraits of young men at their most vulnerable. Greenery Will Bloom Again is a thoughtful and significant piece of filmmaking that divulges the most intimate fears of men at war through a deeply humane antiwar lens.

Co-presented by Italian Cultural Institute

Additional Information

Ermanno Olmi was born in Bergamo, Italy in 1931. During the final months of WWII he worked as a baker’s delivery boy and at the end of the war was hired by Edison as a clerk, with whome he made nearly forty documentaries. He directed his first feature film, Time Stood Still, in 1959. In 1961, he won the the Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival with his film The Job. Other films set in the working world soon followed: The Fiance´s (1963), One Fine Day (1968), and The Circumstance (1974). In 1978 The Tree of Wooden Clogs, won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1983 he made Walking, Walking and the documentary Milano 83, dedicated to his adopted city. In 1987, after a period of inactivity, Olmi returned to directing with Long Live the Lady, which was awarded the Silver Lion in Venice. The following year, he directed The Legend of the Holy Drinker, which won the Golden Lion in Venice. In 1993, he directed The Secret of the Old Woods and in 2001 The Profession of Arms screened at Cannes and won nine David di Donatello awards.