Scent of Resin

“Scent of Resin” - Synopsis
Based on the novel by Fabrizio Arietti, emotions and historic events unravel between the 19th and 20th century in “Scent of Resin”. In 1896, a newlywed French couple decides to immigrate to Tuscany with an employment opportunity in hand. The story begins when the couple is transiting the Moncenisio Pass by carriage – Moncenisio being the first alpine community across the border – and their first child is born prematurely. From that moment on, the connection between this place and future generations propagates through a series of extraordinary coincidences. The main historic period in the film is the Second World War, from the Italian Armistice Day (8 September 1943) to the dawn of the Partisan Resistance. The main character is Piero, an Italian soldier stationed on the French border. Crucial to the story, is his love for his distant fiancée and his extraordinary friendship with his barrack mate. Events intertwine over time until the moment when, in 1996, two enthusiastic young people discover the military tags of two soldiers in an abandoned ruin. Their curiosity and passion will push the young couple to conduct complicated and diligent research starting with the names engraved in the tags. In a progressive crescendo of emotions, they will discover the incredible circumstances linked to the lives of the two soldiers. Through numerous journeys in search of the truth, and with moving plot twists, they will contradict certainties determined over the course of fifty years.

  • Luigi Cantore
    Various documentaries and films, backstage L'Ultimo Crodino, collaborator for Rai television and Fininvest.
  • Fabrizio Arietti, Luigi Cantore, Elisabetta Jannon, Margherita Petrillo
  • Moon Live Cultural Association
  • Riccardo De Bartolomeo
    Key Cast
  • Jacopo Gilli
    Key Cast
  • Simonetta Ainardi
    Key Cast
  • Maurizio Bertolino
    Key Cast
  • Italo Pent
    Key Cast
    l'Ultimo Crodino
  • Annalisa Fobini
    Key Cast
  • Beppe Gromi
    Key Cast
  • Renato Porfido
    Key Cast
    Quo Vado
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Profumo di Resina
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 29 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 10, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 EUR
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    Digital 2K
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  • Private screenings
    March 3, 2017
    Fassino Cinema - Avigliana TO
Distribution Information
  • Moon Live Cultural Association
    Country: Italy
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Luigi Cantore

Luigi Cantore has almost 30 years experience producing, directing and participating in documentaries and films. His work primarily has covered environmental and humanitarian issues involving more than 50 short docs in Africa – Namibia, Mali, Morocco and Niger – as well as in Haiti and Italy.
He is the Vice-president of the Valsusa Filmfest, an Italian festival focusing on historic memory, culture and the environment that is currently in its 21st year.
As a retired firefighter, he spent much of his career creating documentaries about all aspects of firefighting in Italy – for example he filmed the fire in the Turin Duomo where the Shroud of Turin is housed live in 1997, which was subsequently broadcast on Rai television and other broadcast systems around the world.
He has collaborated in various projects with Rai television, and Finivest as well as other production houses such as Mikado, with L’Ultimo Crodino, a feature film (2008), and a television special on Haiti post-typhoon 2016 (Sat2000 – broadcast February 2017). He is currently working on various projects with recognized Italian actors and comics.

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Film is my life. It’s trying to transmit what you have in your head to others. It's your thoughts becoming reality.