Nomination for Best Documentary Italian Golden Globes 2017

A documentary by Marco Mensa and Elisa Mereghetti

an ETHNOS production with the patronage of the City of Viareggio

length: 78’

with the participation of:

Renato Scarpa, Luca Ronconi, Gigi Proietti, Giancarlo Sepe, Paolo Poli,
Glauco Mauri, Maria Francesca Siciliani, Enrico Lucherini, Fabrizio Celestini, Massimo Foschi, Sergio Nicolai, Giancarlo Bottone, Tato Russo, Viviana Toniolo, Bice Minori


music: Fabrizio Festa
voice: Oddrun Eikli
visual effects: Lola Capote Ortiz




The life story of theatre set designer Uberto Bertacca (Viareggio, 1936) is a story of work and creativity, passion and intuition, artisanship and imagination. A 40-year long career which intersected with all the main threads of Italian Theatre: prose, opera and musical comedy, with forays into cinema, television, and even at the Sanremo Festival, in Italy and abroad, in France, Spain, Holland and Germany.

He created visionary, innovative set designs, which have been highly influencial and in many cases have made history (as did the unforgettable designs of Orlando Furioso in 1969). Bertacca worked with numerous acclaimed directors, from Luca Ronconi, to Giancarlo Sepe, from Garinei and Giovannini to Peter Del Monte, from Giuseppe Patroni Griffi to Attilio Corsini and Mauro Bolognini, just to name a few. Today Bertacca, a reserved and free-willed man, who always shied away from the limelight, has decided to live his old age far away from the public scene, in a small Tunisian city. Here the light, the sea, the wind and the simplicity of the people’s life are a new setting. The artist who created the magic of scenic reality with mirrors, black boxes and utopian layouts, looks once again in the mirror, searching for a renewed sense of life.