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Arrivederci Saigon


Wilma Labate
Solaria Film (Emanuele Nespeca), Tralab (Gabriele Trama), Rai Cinema
Running Time:
Italian, English, French
Main Cast:
Viviana Tacchella, Rossella Canaccini, Daniela Santerini, Franca Deni
Wilma Labate
Daniele Ciprì
Mario Marrone
Mattia Carratello, Stefano Ratchev
Gianfranco Tortora


They are very young and come from all over the industrial districts of Tuscany, so different from the famous hills of Chianti: the steelworks of Piombino, the port of Livorno and the Piaggio factories in Pontedera. It is the red province of “houses of the people” and the Italian Communist Party. Getting away from this region is a dream for them, but this is 1968 and everything is possible! They receive an offer they can’t turn down, a tour in the Far East: Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore. Armed with musical instruments and a desire to sing, they set off hoping for success but find themselves in the middle of a war, and the war is the real one of Vietnam. Fifty years later Le Stars tell the story of their adventure amongst American soldiers, remote jungle bases and soul music.

Director’s Statement

It is 1968 and while in Italy young people are occupying the schools, rejecting the authority of a patriarchal family, rebelling against customs shaped by the Church and deciding to become actors on the political stage, five young women of the Tuscan provinces learn to play and sing soul alongside Afro-American soldiers in Vietnam. Yet another ’68, among the many, at a distance of fifty years. The challenge has been to tell the story, and recount the history, through the eyes of the protagonists, barely out of their teens, reopening one of the most turbulent chapters of the 20th century from the perspective of the memories and the heedlessness of an incredible experience that left an indelible mark on their lives.


PRODUCTION 1: Solaria Film Srl
Via Cantagallo 23
59100, Prato – Italy
Tel. +39 3357580884

PRODUCTION 2: Tralab Srl
Via dei Fienili 98
00184, Rome – Italy
Tel. +39 066781203

PRODUCTION 3: Rai Cinema S.p.A.
Piazza Adriana, 12
00193, Rome – Italy
Tel. +39 0633179601

WORLD SALES: Cavaliere Cristina - RAI COM SPA
Via Umberto Novaro 18
00195, Rome – Italy
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ITALIAN SALES: Enrico Bufalini– Istituto Luce Cinecittà
Via Tuscolana 1055
00173, Roma – Italy
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Via Natale del Grande, 40
00153, Rome – Italy
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INTERNATIONAL PRESS OFFICE: Geneviève Rabe - Ufficio Comunicazione Rai Com
Via Umberto Novaro, 18
00195, Rome – Italy
Tel. +39 393356944601


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