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by Gianfranco Pannone


The Swiss Guard during the time of Pope Francis. Rene´ is a theology student from Aargau who has decided to join the pontifical body which was established in the period of Julius II. Other young recruits arrive at the Vatican with him. These include Leo, a down-to-earth lad, a forester, happy to experience the Eternal City; and Michele, a Swiss-Italian with Lucanian origins, the most focused of the group, as the children of immigrants often are. Rene´, on the other hand, is a budding intellectual who questions his own faith and his role. What does it mean to wear a sixteenth-century outfit in this day and age? To be part of a colorful yet anachronistic military body, especially in relation to a “revolutionary” figure like that of the pope from afar. The young soldier tries to find an answer for himself and for his military friends.

original title: L'esercito piu piccolo del mondo
country: Italy, Switzerland, Vatican City
year: 2015
genre: documentary
directed by: Gianfranco Pannone
film run: 86'
cinematography by: Tarek Ben Abdallah
film editing: Erika Manoni, Renzo Alocci
production: Centro televisivo vaticano, Fondazione Solares Suisse, PTS Art's Factory, Solares Fondazione delle arti
distributor: Solares Fondazione delle arti (IT)
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