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Let's Kiss (History of a gentle revolution)

The film is about Franco Grillini, a somewhat late-blooming gay politician from Bologna, born in 1955 into a farming family, with a degree in education, who has always been active in the fight for the recognition of gay, lesbian, and transsexual civil rights.
Through the story told directly by its protagonist, the biopic, with a light tone and using original documentary material, reconstructs over thirty years of political history, bearing witness
to a tough and gentle fight in the name of dignity and equality.This is a journey – also a sentimental one – touching on the places of his life: from the home of his birth in the country to the university, from the old headquarters of parties that no longer exist to Parliament, and going along the streets and squares of Gay Pride parades, from Rome to New York.
The stages in Franco Grillini’s life are punctuated with struggles and victories – from the tragic arrival of AIDS on the scene, with
its deaths and the stigmatizing of homosexual relations, to the first same-sex marriage, and then the still-ongoing battle for stepchild adoption – but also the evolution of the social and media’s approach to a topic which still today, even though it concerns millions of people, is strongly divisive when it is not ignored.Grillini talks about public and private aspects with serenity and humor, in a language that his Bolognese accent transforms into a musical
lilt, about his firm yet smiling hope for a future without lives lived in fear of social stigma, for the right to health and the full expression of love and affection.
They are stories of love and political battles, both inside and outside of Parliament, insuppressible driving forces for change and a zest for life.

  • Filippo Vendemmiati
  • Filippo Vendemmiati
  • Donata Zanotti
  • Genoma Films
  • Franco Grillini
    Key Cast
  • Paolo Fresu
  • Carlotta Cicci
  • Simone Marchi
  • Stefano Massari
  • Stefano Massari
  • Simone Marchi
    VFX Designer
  • Carlotta Cicci
    Color Grading
  • Luca Leprotti (Studio Lab)
    Sound mixing
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Let's Kiss (Storia di una rivoluzione gentile)
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    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 EUR
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  • Nastri d'Argento 2022
    Nastri d'Argento 2022 Best Doc
    May 6, 2022
    Best Doc Cinema del reale
  • Alice nella Città Festa Cinema Roma
    October 18, 2021
    Festa Cinema Roma - Alice nella Città
  • Festival Mente Locale
    November 19, 2021
    Best Italian Documentary
    Italian Vision
  • Italian Berlin Festival
    November 12, 2021
    Italian Berlin Festival - Audience Award
  • Porretta Cinema Film Festival
    December 3, 2021
  • LGBT Unbordered International Film Festival
    Nassau, Delaware
    United States
    February 13, 2022
    Best of Show
  • PrideFilmonline

    February 27, 2022
    Best Feature Film
  • i-Fest International Film Festival 22
    Castrovillari (Cs)
    September 17, 2022
    Best Documentary
Director Biography - Filippo Vendemmiati

Filippo Vendemmiati, born in Ferrara in 1958, is a journalist, correspondent and author of feature films. Happily married, he lives in Bologna. In force at the Rai editorial office of Emilia-Romagna since 1987, in his career he has dealt with news events of national importance, such as the disaster of the burning military plane that fell on 6 December 1990 on the G. Salvemini Institute of Casalecchio di Reno, costing the lives of twelve boys, and the assassination of Marco Biagi by a commando of the New BR, on March 19, 2002. As an author, he signed, among others, the reportage on the drama of leprosy in India The big sister (2005), the documentary A boy died on the tragic death of Federico Aldrovandi (2010), You did not convince me, Pietro Ingrao a heretic (2012) and Just Monday (2014) on experience of a mechanical laboratory inside the Dozza prison. Among his passions, the football faith for the team of the heart, the Spal, which he follows with dedication since childhood.
• 1995: Prima edizione Premio Ilaria Alpi miglior servizio giornalistico I sondaggi elettorali e i senza fissa dimora
• 2006 Premio Enzo Baldoni per il documentario La grande sorella, in India sulle vie della lebbra miglior regia
• 2010: Mostra del cinema Venezia Venezia Giornate degli autori documentario È stato morto un ragazzo
• 2011: Bari Bifest Miglior Regia per il documentario È stato morto un ragazzo
• 2011 David Donatello Miglior documentario È stato morto un ragazzo
• 2012: Mostra del Cinema di Venezia Giornate degli autori Non mi avete convinto, Pietro Ingrao un eretico
• 2014: Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Roma documentario Meno male è Lunedì
• 2015: Premio speciale Festival Marcellino De Baggis documentario Meno male è Lunedì /Just monday)
. 2020 Gli anni che cantano / Singin Years
. 2021 Let's Kiss
Nastro d'Argento Best Doc
Italian Film Festival Berlin Audience Award
Festival Mente Locale Best Film
PrideFilmonline Best Doc
Lgtb Underbored Festival Best Doc
i-Fest International Film Festival 22 Best Doc

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Director Statement

I’ve known Franco Grillini for more than 40 years, ever since, in our early 20s, we shared the same passion and same political commitment in a small left-wing organization. A few years
later I found him among the national founders of Arcigay (the Italian Gay Association), a branch of the same association I was in, ARCI (the Italian Recreational and Cultural Association). I was working in cinema, and like many back then – the preconception was firmly rooted everywhere – I wondered, “What? I can’t believe it!”
Down through the years we traveled parallel paths, always following each other from a distance, with great mutual esteem and interest: he with his battles for freedom, and I with my odd work as a “journalist-director”. Franco is a very cultured person, a formidable speaker endowed with real charisma. He knows how to use irony and provocation, and has a formidable memory, but most of all he believes in what he’s doing.The pretext for the film came about just before Christmas 2018, when the City of Bologna awarded him the “Nettuno d’Oro”, the maximum recognition for one of its citizens. It was as if I were hit by a stroke of lightning; for quite some time I had been looking for a story, a life that was worth telling about, one that was emblematic and impressive on both the social and personal levels.
Like when I did the film on Pietro Ingrao, “Non mi avete convinto”, a story that would also speak of me, through a person to be loved and with whom to filmically construct that poetic closeness without which you feel no need or desire for the project.I dropped him a note, saying:
“Dear Franco, Here I am again, this time not to be surprised,
but to feel proud of your story, because it is also somewhat mine and that of our generation. After so many years, we can say that many of our ideas were defeated. The world has changed, and not in the direction we would have wanted. But the world has not changed us, who have remained the same as back then, always with our heads held high and with the same sacrosanct hopes
and illusions. This, after all, is the greatest victory. I would like to tell about your life in my own way, in the way that you, who know me, know well: the story by images, in short, cinema”.
His answer was immediate: “Let’s get together right away. I really like the idea, but let’s hurry; I don’t have much time left.” Franco is very frank.We got together, started off without any rules, and closed ourselves indoors for several days. I was accompanied by my wife Donata, myfavorite screenwriter and irreplaceable compass during emotional storms.
Franco the tireless talker, his anecdotes are endless. Photographer, a personal and historic archive that can’t go to waste. I wrote the screenplay. He will be the sole actor, simply playing himself. There won’t be any other voices, just his, so captivating with the melodious Bolognese inflection that makes it sound musical.
There is still a lot to do. He knows it, but has no longer told me to hurry.