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Image of movie Il buco

Il buco

Michelangelo Frammartino
Italy, Germany, France 2021
93 min
OV w/ EN subtitles

While Italy is experiencing the economic boom of the 1960s, celebrated with architecture that projects into the sky, a mission in the Pollino Highlands of Calabria is exploring one of the deepest caves in the world. It is the Bifurto abyss, just under 700 meters deep.
IL BUCO descends into these secret cavities of the earth, tracing and caressing their outlines. The darkness of the mysterious, deep spaces is brought to light by a group of speleologists who redraw the contours in their mappings. On the surface, there is life: from the fields, the roofs, and the farmyards, the director captures the beauty of landscape and those who inhabit it, the grace of the changes in light that intertwine with the inevitable profundity with the work of the explorers.
Painterly sensitivity is one of Frammartino’s key traits, who celebrates the geometry of the universe through the shrewdness of his gaze and the patience of his camera. The film excavates the spiritual dimension of the cinematic gesture, which is inherent to work, life, or simple observation. In this long-awaited third feature, which made its debut at the Venice Film Festival, Frammartino offers an interpretation of history and our times, which reshapes the South as a generous and tenacious land, whose wealth is discreet but undeniable. (Eva Sangiorgi)

Michelangelo Frammartino: TRACCE (1995, K), L’OCCHIO E LO SPIRITO (1997, K), SCAPPA VALENTINA (2001, K), IL DONO (2003), LE QUATTRO VOLTE (2010), ALBERI (2013, K)

  • Paolo Cossia
  • Jacopo Elia
  • Denise Trombin
  • Nicola Lanza
  • Antonio Lanza
  • Leonardo Larocca
  • Claudia Candusso
  • Mila Costi
  • Carlos Jose Crespo
  • Michelangelo Frammartino
  • Giovanna Giuliani
  • Renato Berta
  • Simone Paolo Olivero
  • Benedetto Atria
  • Giliano Carli
Doppio Nodo Double Bind, Essential Filmproduktion, Rai Cinema, Société Parisienne de Production

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