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Two boys from two villages in southern Italy, Luca (12 years) with his sister Miranda (10 years), and Sebastiano (13 years), intrigued and united by the strength of friendship, embark on a journey in search of the holy Padre Pio and of his miracles.
The adventure on the corner of the path ...

The film takes place in our time.

LUCA is a boy from San Giovanni Rotondo (south of Italy). He is intelligent, sharp witted and determined. One day, while eating supper at home, after spending the day visiting the church and museum of Padre Pio, he tells his parents about his plan to conduct a research among the people in his town who knew Padre Pio, the older people whom he wanted to interview to gather their testimonies, in order to write a book on the saint of Gargano. LUCA has a ten year old sister (MIRANDA). The family is a close one, the father is a scientist, a researcher at Padre Pio Hospital.
The boy goes to see his friend, SEBASTIANO, of San Marco in Lamis (4 km from S. Giovanni Rotondo), to ask him to collaborate on his initiative. SEBASTIANO accepts. He is a boy available, amiable, sometimes joking, despite a complex and difficult family situation: his mother is seriously sick, his father is a bit in conflict with his son. SEBASTIANO is an only child.
The plot also develops through the life of the two families.

The health of SEBASTIANO's mother is deteriorating. So does the health of his father, due to alcohol.

During a fight, SEBASTIANO receives a slap from his father. He goes to the ancient church of Padre Pio, where he is met by LUCA who gives him comfort. They travel on their bicycles to the plains between San Giovanni Rotondo and Monte Sant'Angelo. Arriving at a fountain, SEBASTIANO announces to LUCA that his parents agree to let him go with him to Pietrelcina.
An extraordinary adventure awaits them....
Padre Pio was a saintly capuchin  friar from the southern Italian town of Pietrelcina who lived  his ministry in San Giovanni Rotondo.  He died in 1968, for fifty years he had on his hands, feet and sides the wounds of the stigmata of Jesus Christ.  He had extraordinary gifts – he could read the minds and souls of all people who came close to him (their past and their future). 
He performed  numerous and incredible miracles.  Today there are tens of thousands of devotees  of Padre Pio throughout the world.

  • Jean-Marie Benjamin
  • Jean-Marie Benjamin
  • Aladino Productions Srl
    Jean-Marie Benjamin
  • Andrea Solombrino
    Key Cast
  • Mariano Barnaba
    Key Cast
  • Karol Mazzei
    Key Cast
  • Antonella Ponziani
    Key Cast
    "Miranda and Luca Mader's"
  • Massimiliano Pazzaglia
    Key Cast
    "Miranda and Luca Father's"
  • Paco Reconti
    Key Cast
    "Sebastiano Father's"
  • Lucia Stara
    Key Cast
    "Sebastiano Mader's"
  • Gianni Pellegrino
    Key Cast
    "Sebastiano Uncle's"
  • Gigi Miseferi
    Key Cast
    "A friar"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ci alzeremo all'alba
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Television
  • Genres:
    Fiction, spiritual
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 36 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 10, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    970,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9 (2:35)
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA EUROPEO (Special Rotary Award)
    April 10, 2019
    Italy Premiere
    Special Award Rotary
    Best Feature Film Cinematography
    Lois Angeles
  • Best Feature Film Photography NEW-YORK CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS
  • Best Feature Film Photography EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS
  • Official nomination (soundtrack of the film) INTERNATIONAL SONG & FILM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Distribution Information
  • Adriana Chiesa Enterprise
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Jean-Marie Benjamin

Jean-Marie Benjamin


Jean-Marie Benjamin wrote, produced and directed the first fiction film dedicated to the life and work of St. Pio of Pietrelcina "Padre Pio: The Night of the Prophet" ("La notte del profeta"), with Sergio Fiorentini as Padre Pio and Rodolfo Corsato playing the part of a journalist. The film was broadcast on RAIUNO in April and May 1998 and in June 2011. From 1999 until today it has been regularly broadcast on the EWTN Network in the United States.
He made "La Genesi del Tempo", a long documentary film. (RAI) UNO TV.
S Special jury prize at the Silent River Film Festival in Irvine-Los Angeles (2011)
for his film "Tareq-Aziz-The Other Truth".


Jean-Marie Benjamin is of France nationality and has live in Italy since 1974.
Composer, writer, filmmaker, catholic priest.

He is a composer and conductor, and plays the guitar, piano and electronic keyboard. He has composed numerous works of classical and popular music.

From 1966 until today, he has recorded 28 albums (works of classical music, film soundtracks and popular music). He is the author of the Official Anthem of UNICEF (Ode to the Child), created in Rome in April 1984 (Choir and Orchestra of RAI, Rome, transmitted in Eurovision).
Paul McCartney has recorded the Benjamin’s Ode to the Child. He has recorded music scores and songs for singers in France, Italy, Holland, Germany and disco music in London (1973-1978). He's the author of various film soundtracks "The Bible" by Marcel Carné, "Servant et Maîtresse" by Gantillon and various documentary films). Composer of the music scores for the film "MOTHERS" produced by Condor Pictures in London, directed by Liana Marabini, released in Italy on 13 April 2017.

Some of his classical compositions are: Oratorio “The Creation of the Angels” for soloists, mixed and male choir and orchestra, Madrid Opera (1975) and Rome RAIUNO (1984); Jerusalem Symphony, Paris, Salle Pleyel Symphony Orchestra (1972); Concerto for cello and orchestra (Geneva); “Salve Regina” for mixed choir and strings, Rome (1994) and many more.

He is the author of a play about Saint Francis, which had the world premiere at the Kremlin Theatre in Moscow (1992) and was broadcast on Russian television.

He has published ten books in Italy, France, Switzerland and Ireland.

He is a member of the “Société des Gens de Lettres de France” and of the Union of Italian Artists.
Special Events Officer at the UN for UNICEF (1983-1988)
Montyon Prize of the Académie Française for his book "Jean-Paul II: L’Octobr Romain".
He was ordained a priest in 1991.

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