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The Birth of the Leopard

Die Geburt des Leoparden
Director: Luigi Falorni
DE, LV 201990' it, ru, en, de

The only novel written by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, The Leopard (Il Gattopardo, 1958), just like its screen adaptation by Luchino Visconti, is considered a masterpiece. This film tells about the life of Tomasi and his German-Baltic wife Alexandra von Wolff-Stomersee – their unusual love story. The chaos of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and World War II forced Alexandra to leave St. Petersburg and later on – the family's castle in Stāmeriena, Latvia. During the war, in 1943, she fled to her husband in Palermo, where she would live until the day she died.

A journey to a lost Europe, which used to be much more united in the past. It is, however, also a journey through the Europe of today, which continues to be haunted by the wounds of its past.

In the screening: Premiere, meeting with filmmakers