"The War of Lions"
is an awarded screenplay by Thomas Gatus and George Perantoni (© 2015) adapted from our family novel titled "Arrivederci
Leopolis" by Sam Ivey and George Perantoni (© 2011)
Based on a true story, set against the
background of World War II.
This is a narrative of
the twentieth century depicting historical events as experienced through the lives of an Italian wine exporter and his family.
Preview our Screenplay: "The War of Lions"
In his teen years, during the 1930’s, Vittorio Perantoni
is a Polish born Italian with dual citizenship living in Lwow, Poland. He and Luigi work with their father,
Carlo Perantoni, at operating the family’s successful winery-pasta tavern, and managing their import business of distributing
wine from Italy.
But Hitler’s invasion of Poland changes all of that. When the Italian Consulate orders Italian
nationals to leave 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 of these persons will be scattered as they face the fears, hardships, and physical abuses
of the war. The war drags on as Europe burns. His friends André and Franki are commandeered into the Soviet Army of
General Wladyslaw Anders; his girlfriend Dani faces deportation to a Nazi death camp; and Vittorio too is nearly captured
All are wondering:
will life ever be the same again?
“The War of Lions” will show you life during WWII 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 were outwitted by guile
The originality of our story is fantastic. It gives a fresh view
on WWII from a perspective that hasn’t been seen before. It focuses on the people, not the soldiers,
thus offering a very unique 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!