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Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2007 | Australia
Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2007 | Australia
ONE HUNDRED NAILS
ONE HUNDRED NAILS
CENTOCHIODI
Director: Ermanno Olmi
Cast: Raz Degan, Luna Bendandi, Amina Syed, Michele Zattara, Damiano Scaini
Runtime: 92 mins

100 NAILS screened at this year's prestigious Cannes Film Festival in honour of director Ermanno Olmi who won the Palme d'Or in 1978 for THE TREE WITH THE WOODEN CLOGS and who announced that this is his last feature film; from now on he intends only to make documentaries.

In a startling prologue, the overseer of an ancient library screams out in horror and summons the authorities when he discovers 100 rare manuscripts nailed to the floor with giant railroad spikes. We then follow a young theology professor from the University of Bologna (Raz Degan) as he retreats from his complex university life to a deserted farmhouse on the River Po, abandoning everything - friends, family and all material possessions. Around this homestead weave stories of love and friendship between the professor and the local inhabitants that he meets in a spontaneous understanding where all things are possible.

Olmi's stated aim was to depict a figure exhibiting the humanity of Christ -- not the Son of God, but the Son of Man; a theme which struck a chord in Italy, a country where religion is paramount, given the huge success of the Italian release.