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EURO KIDS - SCREENINGS 2002/2003

 

 

 

Johan Padan - To the discovery of the Americas

Original Title

Johan Padan a la descoverta de le Americhe

Director

Giulio Cingoli

Genre

Animation/Adventure

Country of origin

Italy

Language spoken

Italian

Year of production

2002

Production

Progetto Immagine S.r.l
Via Comelico, 3
20135 Milano Italy
+39 02 5453248

Green Movie Group
Via Procaccini 25
Milano Italy
+39 02 345791

 

Co-production

Rai Cinema

Distribution

Mikado Film

Domestic release

4 October 2002

Gross

202,095 (Italy) (20 October 2002)

 

Synopsis

The animated film Johan Padan - A la descoverta de le Americhe is a free cinematic transposition of Dario Fo's theatre piece. It was the author himself who proposed the idea in 1997, during a walk. It was a coherent proposal made in the spirit of this artist, writer, mime artist, poet, man of popular theatre and popular mask. Now he is a cartoon character, too! (Giulio Cingoli).

At the beginning of the 1500s, a young man form Bergamo, Johan Padan, escaped from a military training camp in Lanzichenecchi. Johan is sweet and kind, but also an egoist, cunning and prepared to do anything in order to survive. After a series of incredible adventures and magical encounters, he ends up in Seville where he embarks on a ship headed for the New World. On reaching Florida, the young man wins the trust of the indigenous population. He teaches the Indians how to rebel against the violence of the Spanish soldiers and in turn learns from them how to become a better man and finally be free.

20 minutes of this movie were shown at the Focus on Europe at Castellinaria 2001.