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Italy, 2013

Original music : Frederico Campana Production : La Sarraz Pictures

Programmed by Claudia Maci


English, French


A long night without an end, without seasons, without time. A secular labor that is both pride and curse. Kilometers of tunnels. Darkness. Black men. A woman. Patrizia, the only female miner in Italy, enters in a dialogue with a dead father, a never buried memory. The last 150 miners are ready to fight a war against the “upper” world to prevent the already imminent closure of the mine.

Tënk's opinion

In the darkness of Italy’s last remaining working mine, Valentina Pedicini’s gaze sheds some light on this world made up of astonishingly vast spaces that nonetheless feel suffocating and cramped. This universe is inhabited by 150 miners who “from the depths” of their daily lives – composed of silence, short breaks and few words –are used to working without light and pure air, and do so with religious devotion and dignity. The camera follows them constantly, faithfully, despite their being 500 metres below ground, facing the Italian government’s umpteenth attempt to close the mine with the resignation of people who’ve already lived through this many times. It’s an almost surrealist, aesthetically magical journey to the bowels of the earth, offering us stunning images of a nearly inaccessible, subterranean, lost world.

Claudia Maci
Managing Director of Festival dei Popoli

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