Ernesto is a 1979 film directed by Salvatore Samperi and starring Martin Halm and Virna Lisi. Ernesto (Martin Halm), a 17 year old Jew of the 1911 Italy, abandons his family, going to live with his uncles of Trieste. Then, they arrange so Ernesto begins to work with them and so he meets a stableboy (Michele Placido) who infatuates him so both end up in an intense sexual relationship. This ends as, by chance, Ernesto has a sexual intercourse with a prostitute. Ernesto renounces then, to take lessons of violin instead. There, he meets the 15 year old Emilio, by whom Ernesto gets acquainted with his twin sister Rachel (Lara Wendel). Ernesto and Rachel are married. The film was entered into the 29th Berlin International Film Festival, where Michele Placido won the Silver Bear for Best Actor.