The Night of the Shooting Stars
During World War II, an Italian village finds itself caught in the bloody struggle between retreating Nazi forces, stubborn fascists, local partisans and the incoming U.S. forces. A group of villagers, including love-struck Galvano (Omero Antonutti) and his dream girl, Concetta (Margarita Lozano), opt to leave their village and search for American troops. The story, set in part during a Tuscan celebration, is told from the point of view of 6-year-old Cecilia (Micol Guidelli). Cecilia is fascinated by the world and everything in it. When her family and neighbors flee their village to escape the Nazis, it’s the most exciting moment of her life! But the excitement turns to terror when the enemy begins to close in. Little Cecilia prays for rescue, on this, the Night of the Shooting Stars – an evening during which, it is said, all wishes are granted. Can Cecilia’s wish be granted or will this be her eternal night?