Per Lucio

For Lucio
This is a tribute to an artist whose songs told the story of Italy at a time of rapid social and cultural change. Thanks to the testimony of the singer’s manager and friend Tobia Righi, and an effective and original use of archive material, Pietro Marcello retraces the life of Lucio Dalla, making him a spotlight through which Marcello sheds light on a country that rose from the ruins of the Second World War to sever its roots with peasant culture and move towards a future of factories, consumerism and mass car production. Not handsome or dashing like the other singers of his generation, Lucio Dalla embodied a different role model that was closer to ordinary people. For here was an artist capable of transposing the poetry of Roversi, who provided the lyrics for some of Dalla’s most beautiful songs, into a musical arrangement that spoke to everyone.
The director of Martin Eden returns to the documentary form with a film that pays tribute not only to a great singer but also to a notion of a people that has vanished with him.
by Pietro Marcello
with Umberto (Tobia) Righi, Stefano Bonaga
Italy 2021 Italian 78’ Colour & Black/White Documentary form

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Umberto (Tobia) Righi
  • Stefano Bonaga


Director Pietro Marcello
Screenplay Pietro Marcello, Marcello Anselmo
Cinematography Ilyà Sapeha
Editing Fabrizio Federico
Sound Design Marcos Molina
Assistant Director Tiziana Poli
Producers Beppe Caschetto, Anastasia Michelagnoli
Executive Producers Francesca Andreoli, Giulia Moretti

Pietro Marcello

Born in Caserta, Italy in 1976, he studied painting at the Naples Academy of Fine Arts and began directing his first short films in the early 2000s. His debut feature-length documentary, Il passaggio della linea, screened in the Orizzonti section of the Venice International Film Festival while La bocca del lupo was selected for the 2010 Forum and won the Teddy Award and the Caligari Film Prize. His further documentaries have screened and won awards at international festivals. His debut feature film, Martin Eden, premiered at Venice and was awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor.


2007 Il passaggio della linea; documentary 2009 La bocca del lupo; documentary 2011 Il silenzio di Pelesjan; documentary 2015 Bella e perduta; documentary 2019 Martin Eden 2021 Per Lucio (For Lucio); documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021