Programmed by Claudia Maci
“Trees That Walk” explores the relationship between man and nature by following the many transformations of wood from raw material to finished product.
The voice of writer Erri De Luca, inspired by an image from the Gospel according to Mark, takes us on a journey across Italy. From the moment a tree falls, becoming wood, its life is bound up with the lives of the men who transform it. “A tree needs two things: substance underneath and beauty on the outside. They are hefty creatures, but they are moved by a force of elegance” explains De Luca. And so, depending on the hands that shape it, the wood becomes a clarinet or a collector’s Stradivarius, it becomes a twisted sculpture or a strange motorbike, it’s turned into a book or a boat ready to set sail. Mattia Colombo’s gaze enables us to grasp the living matter of trees and their capacity to intertwine the history of a community with that of the woodsmen who make up the community.
Managing Director of Festival dei Popoli