Four Tuscan directors at Trento film festival


Two documentaries supported by Toscana Film Commission have been selected for the competition 

Tuscany is the protagonist at the 70th edition of the Trento Film Festival, the longest-running international festival of cinema and mountain cultures (Trento, April, 29-May, 8), with four documentaries directed by Tuscan authors.

In competition at the Festival there are two projects supported by Toscana Film Commission as part of the Sensi Contemporanei Toscana per il Cinema programme: Caveman – Il gigante nascosto by Tommaso Landucci and Lassù by Bartolomeo Pampaloni.

Caveman: synopsis

In a cave in the Apuan Alps, 650 meters below ground, one of the most intriguing and ambitious works by sculptor Filippo Dobrilla can be found: The Sleeping Giant. It’s a colossal reclining nude, slumbering in the recesses of the earth, and the artist worked on it for over thirty years, lowering himself into the darkness of the cave. What drives an artist to create a work that is virtually inaccessible, hidden from the human eye? This is the question that CAVEMAN attempts to answer, ranging from the lead character’s youthful loves to his desire to withdraw from the world and his conception of pure art. When Dobrilla immersed himself in the cave’s shadows, he sought refuge in the only place he felt free, sheltered from and far from prejudice and the pressure of modern society.

The documentary, which premiered last year at Venice Days, will be screened on 5 May 2022 at 7pm at the Multisala Modena (Room 3).

Lassù: synopsis

Bartolomeo Pampaloni’s documentary, a world premiere, is the portrait of Nino, who used to be a bricklayer and lived on the outskirts of Palermo with his family, who now lives alone on top of a mountain and is a prophet. He calls himself Isravele (and the name should be read backwards to understand its meaning), on a barren mountain at the edge of the city, there is his home: an old abandoned observatory that in twenty years of solitary work he has transformed into a portentous naive temple, considered one of the most impressive examples of outsider art in Europe. 

The screening of the documentary will take place on 1 May 2022 at 6.45 pm at the Multisala Modena (Room 3).

In the Terre Alte section, there also will be other two world premieres: “La signora di Zeri” by the Florentine director Emilio Pallavicino and “La lunga strada” by Alessio Salvini from Siena.

In a small village in the Tuscan mountains lives an ancient breed of sheep that takes its name from the village of Zeri, the Zerasca. This is the setting for Emilio Pallavicino’s work, La signora di Zeri (The Lady of Zeri). The protagonist is Cinzia Angiolini, one of the very few shepherds in the area, whose way of breeding is not productive: she talks to them, looks after them, and brings them home every evening.

La lunga strada instead takes us from the mountains to the sea, where the water makes a long journey. As it melts from the glaciers, it becomes a torrent, then rushes down through the gorges and rediscovers itself as an acrobat among the rocky outcrops crossing the valleys. As it makes its way towards the city, passing under bridges, it becomes quieter until it comes to rest in the sea, gently bathing the banks and accompanying sailors on their routes.