Vittorio Perantoni is
a Polish born Italian national with dual citizenship living in Lwow, Poland. In the 1930s Vittorio (Victor) and
his older brother Luigi work with their father, Carlo Perantoni, at operating the family’s successful winery-pasta tavern,
and managing their import business of wine sales and distributing wine from Italy.
But Hitler’s invasion of Poland changes all of that. When the Italian Consulate orders Italian
nationals to evacuate Poland, the Perantoni family is suddenly forced to leave their considerable wealth behind. Victor’s
girlfriends will also be left behind as he flees to Switzerland to avoid Italy's Fascist draft.
Left too are his friends André, Franki, and “Padre.” All these persons
will be scattered as they face the fears, hardships, and physical abuses of the war. The war drags on and Europe burns. His
friends André and Franki are commandeered into the new Soviet Army of General Wladyslaw Anders; his girlfriend Dani
faces deportation to a Nazi death camp; and Vittorio too is nearly captured and imprisoned.
All are wondering: will life ever be the same again?
“The War of Lions” will show you life during World War II through the eyes
of the Perantoni family. You will see it as you have never seen it before, and you will be gratified by
numerous incidents where Wehrmacht officers and soldiers had been outwitted by guile and fearlessness.
The originality of our story is fantastic.
It gives a fresh view on World War II from a perspective that hasn’t been seen before. It focuses
on the people, not the soldiers, thus offering a very unique and positive perspective with which to view this era.
But then, and with great
misfortune, you will also see Vittorio’s Italian hometown, Volargne di Dolcé, literally disappear in one instant!