Caterina Bueno sings, and her voice wakes up other voices. Ideal beloved voices of those who have died, or how the dead are lost to us, sometimes they speak to us in dreams, sometimes in thought … But they are not dead, no, they are very much alive. Because they are our history, we are. It is a tiring story that these voices have lived through. Is it worth continuing, or does everything invite us to silence?
Caterina, sing.
Everything is worthwhile, if the soul is not tight.
Antonio Tabucchi

Title: Caterina Bueno la voce della Toscana

Plot and script: Giovanna Lombardi

Genre: biographical/musical documentary film

Expected duration: 90 minutes

Period: from the sixties to today

Place: Tuscany, some interviews in Rome


This film traces the journey of Caterina Bueno in Tuscany, where for forty years Bueno has searched for, cataloged and reproduced oral folk songs. Starting from the fascinating story of this Tuscan folk singer, we also make a journey within ourselves and our origins that leads us to ask ourselves: what relationship do we have with our roots, with our land, with our traditions? Is the popular song only for a few nostalgics or does it have the value of an archetype, which remains unchanged over time?


  • Dario Fo, director, playwright and actor, from 1966 to 1969 staged the show “Ci reason e ci canto” which was also attended by Caterina.
  • Enrico Deregibus, Italian journalist specializing in the history of Italian music, editor of the Complete Dictionary of Italian Song (Giunti 2006 editions).
  • Prof. Maurizio Agamennone, professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Florence, is preparing a book on Caterina.
  • Prof. Pietro Clemente, anthropologist, the teacher with whom Gianna Nannini graduated.
  • Giancarlo Governi, writer, director and author of numerous television programs especially for Rai. He was the author of some of the television programs in which Caterina Bueno participated.
  • Claudio Guglielmi, expert in Tuscan “political” music.
  • Clara Sereni, Italian writer and journalist.
  • Francesco Giannattasio, ethnomusicologist and musician, played in the sixties and seventies with Caterina (then Riccardo Tesi replaced him).
  • Giovanna Marini, the most important Italian folk singer.
  • Fausto Amodei, an important Italian folk singer.
  • Riccardo Tesi, Tuscan composer and musician, has played with her for several years, and with Maurizio Geri he made the album in homage to the singer entitled “Sopra i tetti di Firenze” (2009).
  • Maurizio Geri, Tuscan musician and singer, played with Caterina for a few years, and with Riccardo Tesi he made the album homage to the singer entitled “Sopra i tetti di Firenze” (2009).
  • Valentino Santagati, folk music expert, friend and musician of Caterina.
  • Jamie Lazzara, American luthier and violinist (Florentine by adoption), musical collaborator of Caterina.
  • Il Coro degli Etruschi, a choir of elderly Tuscan folk singers who played with Caterina in the 1990s. They will play the peasants who will improvise attacks of songs by Caterina Bueno during the film.
  • Raffaele Bueno, painter and sculptor brother of Caterina Bueno.
  • Alberto Balia, guitarist, singer, and arranger of Caterina’s songs.
  • Giovanni Bartolomei, friend of Caterina who has collaborated on several occasions with the musician, even in the drafting of the unpublished book dedicated to him.
  • Sergio Staino, one of the most famous Italian comics authors and a great friend of Caterina Bueno.


  • Carlo Monni, famous Tuscan actor and great friend of Caterina Bueno.
  • Francesco De Gregori, singer-songwriter, was Caterina’s musician and dedicated a song to her.
  • Gianna Nannini, Tuscan singer-songwriter who considers Caterina Bueno her point of reference for the “cantar toscano” and has remade some songs. He also participated in the tribute album to the singer entitled “Sopra i tetti di Firenze” by Geri and Tesi (2009).
  • Piero Pelù, Tuscan singer-songwriter, distant relative of Caterina, participated in the tribute album to the singer entitled “Sopra i tetti di Firenze” by Geri and Tesi (2009).
  • Nada, a Tuscan singer, participated in the tribute album to the singer entitled “Sopra i tetti di Firenze” by Geri and Tesi (2009).
  • David Riondino, Tuscan singer-songwriter, actor, director, writer, participated in the tribute album to the singer entitled “Sopra i tetti di Firenze” by Geri and Tesi (2009).
  • Simone Cristicchi, Italian singer-songwriter who since 2009 has brought the show “Canti di miniera, d’amore, vino e anarchia” to theaters with the choir of the Santa Fiora Miners who re-proposes monologues and popular songs, including some songs by Caterina Bueno.