“Salvatore, Shoemaker of Dreams” the biographical film on the life of Salvatore Ferragamo directed by Luca Guadagnino will be presented out of competition at the 77th Venice Film Festival.
The history of businessman shoemaker, who thanks to his creativity unintentionally tied his career to world of cinema, comes to the big screen later 3 years of collaboration between the Italian director and the family Ferragamo.
A project born in 2017, when Luca Guadagnino, inspired by the reading of Salvatore Ferragamo’s autobiography, he contacted the family members who opened the doors of the brand archives and gave him access to interviews, anecdotes and unedited information in addition to the latest testimonies of his wife Wanda Miletti. The Salvatore Ferragamo Foundation and Museum worked alongside the director and screenwriter Dana Thomas, providing different historical skills and knowledge and original materials such as the recordings, restored for the occasion, with the voice of Salvatore Ferragamo which narrates some chapters of his autobiography, or the radio interviews released by the designer.
“It is with great emotion that we learned the news that the film about my father’s life will be presented at the next Venice Film Festival. It is an honor for me and my family that an author like Luca Guadagnino has become passionate about our family history by transforming it into a story for the big screen, “he commented Ferruccio Ferragamo, son of Salvatore and President of the company.
The documentary feature film “Salvatore, Shoemaker of Dreams” not only outlines the stages of Ferragamo’s career, but also his human journey, in a story that weaves between Italy and the United States: from an apprentice cobbler in Naples to the owner of the Hollywood Boot Shop in California, up to the choice of returning to Italy, to live and work in Florence.
“This is the job of my whole life: learning to make perfect shoes, refusing to put my name on those that are not. So please, beyond the story of the barefoot and ignorant boy who has become a famous shoemaker, focus your attention on the pleasure that comes from walking well “, ends with this sentence, written in his own hand, the preface of the autobiography of Salvatore Ferragamo, and it is only the beginning of the story told by Luca Guadagnino at the Venice Film Festival.
Look in preview an extract of the documentary film with the intervention of Martin Scorsese.
Cover photo © Photo Archive Locchi / Courtesy Salvatore Ferragamo