The Road a Year Long

The Road a Year Long (Italian: La strada lunga un anno, Serbo-Croatian: Cesta duga godinu dana) is a 1958 film directed by Giuseppe De Santis. A Yugoslavian-Italian co-production, it was Yugoslavia's first ever submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the award at the 31st Academy Awards in April 1959.[1] It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[2] For his performance Massimo Girotti was awarded best actor at the San Francisco International Film Festival.[3]

The Road a Year Long
Italian release poster
Directed byGiuseppe De Santis
Written byGiuseppe De Santis
StarringSilvana Pampanini
Music byVladimir Kraus-Rajterić
CinematographyMarco Scarpelli
Edited byBoris Tešija
Release date
  • 12 July 1958 (1958-07-12)
Running time
162 minutes


Emil Kozma (Bert Sotlar), a peasant from an isolated mountain village, starts building a road to a nearby town. Over time, other villagers join the endeavor, believing the construction is state-sponsored. Ultimately, they discover Kozma started the works on his own initiative and without a permit, but it is already too late to stop the project...[4]


See also


  1. "The 31st Academy Awards (1959) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  2. Don Franks. Entertainment Awards: A Music, Cinema, Theatre and Broadcasting Guide. McFarland, 2004. p. 278. ISBN 0786417986.
  3. Antonio Vitti. Giuseppe De Santis and postwar Italian cinema. University of Toronto Press, 1996. p. 101. ISBN 0802071414.
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