Les Estivants (France 3): a personal drama inspired the director

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi likes to use her own personal experiences to construct her films. Summer visitorsbroadcast on France 3 this Friday, November 25, 2022 at 11:35 p.m., is no exception.

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It’s well known, artists always put a bit of themselves into their work. And it is not Valeria Bruni Tedeschi who will say the opposite: the Franco-Italian director, whose fifth feature film has just been released, not without controversy, mixes personal experiences and screenwriting work with brio. The proof with Summer visitors, family tragi-comedy broadcast on France 3 this Friday, November 25, 2022 at 11:35 p.m. Valeria becomes Anna, a slightly neurotic filmmaker who joins her relatives in her property on the Côte d’Azur after a painful breakup. Between the writing of her next film which she is trying somehow to complete, conflicts and mysteries, the plot unfolds against a background of class struggle. An intimate story under which hides a real drama, founding, crossed by the Bruni Tedeschi family.

Summer visitors : a “imaginary autobiography

The director herself describes the project as a “imaginary autobiography“. Indeed, if the magic of the cinema incorporates elements of fiction into it, the bits of life and the protagonists who populate the film are very real. Moreover, behind the character of the sister and the brother a barely disguised Sarkozy-Bruni couple. Anna’s adopted daughter, played by the young Oumi Bruni-Garrel, is none other than… the filmmaker’s true adopted daughter. Mixing personal and artistic material, a way for the latter to exorcise her demons? In any case, that’s what makes “that the dead can be summoned, that memories reappear.

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Summer visitors : a family drama

Because in the subject of Anna’s scenario, it is indeed a question of death. That of a brother, carried away by illness. A tragedy that Valeria Bruni Tedeschi also experienced, since she is the sister of Virginio, sailor and photographer who died in 2006 from the consequences of AIDS. This drama continues to haunt the filmmaker, who brings in the ghost of her brother in Summer visitors. Let’s hope that this comedy in the form of an invented autobiography, screened as part of the non-competitive official selection of the 2018 Venice festival, will have soothed and warded off the pain of the Bruni Tedeschi family.

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