Programmed by Daniela Persico
Mostra de Venise 2010 - Sélection "Journée des auteurs"
Giovanni Maderna sets off for the mountainous area of Grigna in Northern Italy with his son Eugenio and filmmaker Sara Pozzoli. In parallel we follow the workers of the Innse in Milan as they decide to occupy their factory, and listen to the memories of Giovanni Grandis, who produced the Italian band from the seventies i Morgan. In this film, cinema and life mingle as if to reach out to the sky.
A desire lies at the heart of this film – the desire to perpetuate a father-son relationship beyond the uncertain times in which we live. Although the music seems to have changed, the large factories on the outskirts of cities have been demolished and recent extreme political gestures succeed – if only for a moment – in capturing media attention, there’s something that seems to flow, slow and enduring: a father’s contradictory yet absolute love for his son. An ordinary trip to the mountains becomes the director’s pretext to expose and examine his difficulty in coming to terms with society, and as he climbs, he has the illusion of leaving everything behind. The film moves forward set to a free musical score, managing to capture moments of truth and constructing a journey that preoccupies many fathers today.
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