|Pier Paolo Pasolini
On the opening day of Tampere Film Festival, March 5, 1997, exactly 75 years will have passed since the birth of Pier Paolo Pasolini. On that day, as a homage to his life's work, there will be a screening of four of his short films.
His first short film was La Ricotta (1962), a parody of the filming of a biblical movie, with Orson Welles playing the role of the director. Pasolini got a four-month suspended sentence for this film on grounds of "blasphemy of the state religion".
La Terra Vista dalla Luna (1966), an episode from the movie Le Streghe, is a hilarious farce about the mysticism of miracles. Notes for a Film about India (1968) describes the India of the contrasts. The documentary Le Mura di Sana (1974) was made during the filming of Il Fiore delle Mille e una Notte. The screenings also include a rarely seen feature film The Hawks and The Sparrows (1966), an allegorical story about a society which is divided into hawks and sparrows, the exploiters and those being exploited.