Programmed by Daniela Persico
What do you feel inside yourself? That’s the truth. But don’t name it, because the moment you do, it will vanish. The performance of life. The world outside. Outside, in prison.
Filmed during a workshop in Capanne Prison in Perugia, the movie makes use of Pasolini’s film “Che cosa sono le nuvole” (What Are Clouds?) and Calderón de la Barca’s “Life is a Dream”, and uses acting as way of revealing the truth. Rehearsing the script becomes a catalyst for the truth to emerge for these men sentenced to prison, which, more than anything, is a metaphor for the restrictions of this world set against human desire. Too big for a cell, and even for a shot, the film’s prisoners escape into the sky thanks to a homemade green backdrop, but the words still reveal the effects of imprisonment. This is a topic dear to the films of Giovanni Cioni, who’s made obsession a stylistic feature: with slightly blurred images and dirty sound, the author manages to capture the stripping down of the psyche, building a bridge between the experience of prison and the perception of “outside”.
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