Sogni d’oro

Sweet Dreams | Goldene Träume
When director Michele Apicella screens his newest movie in film clubs, auditoriums, cinemas, and even a convent, he faces a torrent of criticism, mainly that he hasn’t adequately represented the interests of farmers, housewives, and labourers. Meanwhile, work on his next film also takes a catastrophic turn. Titled “La mamma di Freud”, its lead character is a revenant of the famed psychoanalyst who, like the director himself, lives with his mother in a symbiotic love-hate relationship. On top of that, Michele has to ward off a rival who is making a musical about the 1968 student uprisings. When the two are pitted against each other on a TV game show, the situation takes on nightmarish dimensions. As does Michele’s reunion with a girlfriend who might, however, be purely imaginary … Woody Allen in Annie Hall is a poster child of normality by comparison with the cinema narcissist to whom Nanni Moretti gave form in five autobiographically tinged comedies. Sweet dreams – lauded as a self-reflective satire about the film industry, with the tics and neuroses of filmmakers becoming the real show – won the 1981 Silver Lion in Venice. World premiere of the digitally restored version.
by Nanni Moretti
with Nanni Moretti, Dario Cantarelli, Nicola Di Pinto, Alessandro Haber, Laura Morante, Piera Degli Esposti, Gigio Morra, Giampiero Mughini, Remo Remotti, Tatti Sanguineti
Italy 1981 Italian 105’ Colour World premiere of the digitally restored version. | DCP: Cineteca Nazionale CSC, Rome


  • Nanni Moretti
  • Dario Cantarelli
  • Nicola Di Pinto
  • Alessandro Haber
  • Laura Morante
  • Piera Degli Esposti
  • Gigio Morra
  • Giampiero Mughini
  • Remo Remotti
  • Tatti Sanguineti


Director Nanni Moretti
Screenplay Nanni Moretti
Cinematography Franco Di Giacomo
Editing Roberto Perpignani
Music Franco Piersanti
Sound Franco Borni
Art Director Giovanni Sbarra
Costumes Francesca Lia Morandini
Make-Up Gloria Fava
Producers Renzo Rossellini, Angelo Barbagallo, Nanni Moretti
Executive Producer Manolo Bolognini

Produced by

Opera Film Produzione


Additional information

DCP: Cineteca Nazionale CSC, Rome