IFF: Mr. Volare

(Volare: La grande storia di Domenico Modugno)
(Italy, 2013, 131 mins, DCP)
In Italian with English subtitles
CAST Giuseppe Fiorello, Kasia Smutniak


Domenico "Mimmo" Modugno has barely outgrown his childhood when he leaves a small village in Southern Italy to make his fortune as an actor in Rome. He ends up staying in a homeless shelter, singing at downtown bars to survive. His strong Southern accent and other misadventures will change his dream to become an actor and lead him to choose music over cinema. His song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" (better known as "Volare") will receive two Grammys with sales over 22 million copies, and will represent Italy in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. "Volare" will revolutionize the Italian music scene of the 60s, becoming the soundtrack of a country now aiming for the sky.

WINNER: Audience Choice Award, Europeon Film Festival, Toronto 2013