Fortezza is the reinterpretation of one of the most important novels of the 1900s: The Tartar Steppe 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 habit. Waiting in vain for an enemy that will not arrive, the military officers are consumed by the need to give their stay meaning, and resist the attraction that this place holds for them.

The adaptation was filmed entirely inside Civitavecchia prison, with protagonists and co-authors who are prisoners themselves, the trademark of co-director Ludovica Andò. Caught in a balancing act between fiction and documentary, a group of prisoners reveal the limits and humanity of the condition of incarceration by getting on stage. Some of the soldiers remain free within the fortress, others leave the fortress as prisoners.

Directors
Ludovica Andò, Emiliano Aiello
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
Italy
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
72'
Medium
DCP
International title
Fortress
Language
Italian
Producers
Ludovica Andò, Emiliano Aiello
Production Company
Associazione Compagnia Sanguegiusto
Sales
Associazione Compagnia Sanguegiusto
Cinematography
Stefano Tria
Editor
Luca Bellino
Sound Design
Marzia Cordò, Giancarlo Rutigliano, Stefano Grosso, Valeria Angelini
Music
Andrea Pandolfo