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88'

Italy, 1982

Production : 11 Marzo Cinematografica

Programmed by Daniela Persico

Mute


Ecology



Synopsis


A year’s life on planet Earth: as the four seasons follow in each other’s footsteps, yet, thanks to image and sound editing, the film appears as a one-day event. An innovative visual poem that offers the experience of a hitherto unfamiliar outlook on Nature, Time and Humanity. A masterpiece to rediscover, a symphony of oxymorons that invites the spectator to indulge in a sensory experience.

Tënk's opinion


The film’s opening scene is the image of an icey surface, and its closing scene that of a hazy mist: this visual symphony composed by Franco Piavoli is a tribute to the marvels of nature, framed with the eye of an entomologist and edited with the intuition of a poet. Throughout this silent journey, via which we learn to listen to the imperceptible sound of the atmosphere, the planet Earth is described through its principal element, water, also the very origin of life and the cycle of the seasons. A flow of images that unveils the unique intuition of this film-maker who, at a time when Italian cinema tended towards a form of televisual aesthetics, offered us the very essence of the original cinema, by independently creating (in 16mm format and fixed shots), a work that is not only spurred by respect for the environment, but also imbued with a new vision, through which man is no longer at the centre of creation. A contemplation, that gives free rein to a new energy.

Daniela Persico
Programmer and critic

 

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