“Bella Vita” Shows Italy’s Best

A tre anni dalla sua uscita, vogliamo ricordare uno dei più bei film di surf mai girati in Italia.

Bella Vita è un film di Jason Baffa (regista di Singlefin:Yellow e One California Day) girato in Italia con Dave Rastovich, i Fratelli Fracas, Leonardo Fioravanti, Alessandro Ponzanelli, Nico Pinzauti, Alessandro e Luca Forte, Piergiorgio Castellani, Lauren Hill, i fratelli Coffin e Chris del Moro.

Bella Vita celebra il surf e lo stile di vita italiano, girato interamente in Italia tra Liguria, Toscana, Sardegna. Completamente filmato in pellicola 35mm e in HD, il film esalta le bellezze dell’Italia, le sue persone e le sue passioni, ripercorrendo le tradizioni che fanno dell’Italia un grande paese ed esaltando le sue onde con un cast d’eccezione che include i nostri portacolori Leonardo Fioravanti e Alessandro Ponzanelli.


Partendo da una vecchia fotografia, il surfer italo-californiano Chris Del Moro decide di intraprendere un viaggio in Italia alla riscoperta delle sue origini e delle origini del surf in Italia, in cerca dei fondamenti di una passione che accomuna ormai decine di migliaia di surfisti. Il viaggio sarà l’occasione di ripercorrere alcune fasi della storia del surf in Italia, viaggiando attraverso la Penisola e incontrando i surfisti locali con cui condividere le onde tra Liguria, Toscana e Sardegna.

Nel suo viaggio Chris incontrerà alcuni pionieri del surf, il toscano Alessandro Forte e i liguri fratelli Fracas, ma anche i rappresentanti nel surf dei giorni nostri, il longboarder Alessandro Ponzanelli e il talento Leonardo Fioravanti. I protagonisti saranno poi raggiunti nel loro viaggio dagli amici, i fratelli Coffin e Dave Rastovich, anch’essi con origini legate alla nostra penisola.

Come recita il sottotitolo del film “Famiglia, tradizione e surf”, il viaggio di Chris sarà l’occasione anche per incontrare lo spirito artigianale alla base dell’identità italiana.

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Le parole di SurferMag su Bella Vita film:

Italy is absolutely holding. Soul-stirring wine. Incredible food. Beautiful land. Equally beautiful people. Wonderful cars. Masterful artisans. And for the patient, there are even a few waves. Just ask Chris Del Moro. Bella Vita, a new surf film currently making the international film festival tour (and collecting lots of European awards), chronicles Del Moro’s recent jaunt to Italy to retrace his childhood steps in Florence. Directed by Jason Baffa (One California Day, Single Fin: Yellow), the film also features Dave Rastovich, Lauren Hill, the Coffin brothers, and Italian supergrom Leo Fioravanti. While the crew scores, it’s mostly of the culinary and cultural variety. There might be more footage of eating than surfing, but that’s alright, the food looks magnificent. In fact, the cuisine prompts some of the best dialogue in Bella Vita, like when Hill points out that even though they hadn’t really lucked into quality surf, “the dinner table has been pumping.” The Coffins weren’t complaining either, boasting of their love for food while laying out the evolution of their nicknames from “fatties,” to “fat kids”, to “fat boys.” “We live the lifestyle very proudly,” Parker explains.

It’s not all about food. There are Italian history lessons from art to boating to winemaking. Del Moro revisits his family haunts, points out where his family spent all day cooking, and tells you things you didn’t really want to hear about his grandma walking in on him in the shower. Rasta talks conservation and wears ugly hats. Murals are painted. Interviews with charming Italian artisans abound. It’s a sepia-toned paean to everything Italy.

Ah, but the surfing, you ask. There is some. Not a great amount, but enough to make you strongly consider booking a ticket to Rome. Italian surf is fickle to the extreme, but it’s warm, pretty uncrowded, and littered with setups. Based on the surfing in Bella Vita, it’s a longboarder’s dream trip. A bunch of the film’s surf sequences are at a wonky reefbreak right-hander that looks like it could be the most fun wave in the world, but you just know it doesn’t break very often. Del Moro and company mostly ride short, stubby little hybrids, or longboards, or in Rasta’s case, stand up on a boogieboard, so the performance-level is pretty chill, at least until the Coffin bros and Fioravanti get cracking late in the film.

If you’ve seen One California Day, you know that Baffa has a cinematographer’s eye, and a talent for cruisy, contemplative pacing, and that’s mostly the feel of Bella Vita too. But unless you’re way into Italian culture, or a really, really big fan of Del Moro, there’s definitely an urge to fast-forward to the surf scenes. It’s certainly worth a look, but don’t go in expecting surf porn. Do go in with a bottle of Chianti.


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