The Front Line

The Front Line (La prima linea)

Inspired by real life events, Renata De Maria's political thriller THE FRONT LINE recounts the story of an outlaw who masterminded one of the most audacious prison breaks ever attempted in order to be reunited with his lover. Based on Sergio Segio's book "Miccia Corta," THE FRONT LINE was officially selected to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009.

Set during a turbulent period in 1970-80s Italy, Sergio (Riccardo Scamarcio), joins the radical political group Prima Linea where he meets and falls in love with fellow member, Susanna (an outstanding performance by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Vincere, IFF09). Pursuing an uncompromising cause as members of this notorious Italian terrorist organization, second only to the Red Brigades in membership and influence, they have become increasingly alienated from the real world. Their luck finally runs out when Susanna is captured and thrown in jail. Putting his life on the line, Sergio embarks on a radical plan...

Reminiscent of Marco Bellocchio's outstanding drama Good Morning, Night, THE FRONT LINE is a suspenseful adventure story with many memorable moments and was produced by critically acclaimed Belgian filmmaking duo, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Director: Renato De Maria
Italy/Belgium/UK/France | 2009 | 100' | 35mm
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Ricardo Scarmacio

Toronto International Film Festival - Official Selection