Languageitalian, Russian, etc. WriterTonino Guerra, Primo Levi Release dateApril 24, 1998 Music directorLuis Bacalov, Irving Berlin ScreenplayFrancesco Rosi, Tonino Guerra, Stefano Rulli, Sandro Petraglia CastJohn Turturro (Primo Levi), Rade Serbedzija (The Greek), Massimo Ghini (Cesare), Claudio Bisio (Ferrari) Similar moviesRelated Francesco Rosi movies
The truce 1997
The Truce (Italian: La Tregua) is a 1997 film directed by Francesco Rosi, written by Tonino Guerra, based on Primo Levi's memoir, The Truce. The film deals with Primo Levi's experiences returning to Italy in 1945 after the Red Army liberated the concentration camp at Auschwitz during the Second World War. This was Rosi's final film before his death in 2015.
Although liberated on January 27, 1945, Levi did not reach Turin until October 19 of that year. After spending some time in a Soviet camp for former concentration camp inmates, he embarked on an arduous journey home in the company of Italian former prisoners of war from the Italian Army in Russia. His long railway journey home to Turin took him on a circuitous route from Poland, through Russia, Romania, Hungary, Austria and Germany.
John Turturro - Primo Levi
Rade Šerbedžija - The Greek (Morda Naum)
Massimo Ghini - Cesare
Stefano Dionisi - Daniele
Teco Celio - Col. Rovi
Roberto Citran - Unverdorben
Claudio Bisio - Ferrari
Andy Luotto - D'Agata
Agnieszka Wagner - Galina
Lorenza Indovina - Flora
Marina Gerasimenko - Maria Fyodorovna
Igor Bezgin - Yegorov
Aleksandr Ilyin - The Mongol
Vyacheslav Olkhovskiy - Lt. Sergei
Anatoli Vasilyev - Dr. Gotlieb
This film won the David for Best Director, Best Film and Best Producer at the David di Donatello Awards. It also won the Audience Award at the São Paulo International Film Festival.
It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
Whereas the film can be seen as belonging to the tradition of the "cinema of prose," it also contributes to the "cinema of poetry," as defined by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Brian Webster, writing for the Apollo Guide, finds the film "a war story with little violence and virtually no sentimentality. If you're not ready for it, you might find The Truce passing before your eyes without making much of an impact. It doesn't smack you in the face with a powerful message, but instead works its way inside you more gradually."