Beautiful Things

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Beautiful Things

Giorgio Ferrero
I, 2017
Features, 93min, OmeU

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Beautiful Things

Giorgio Ferrero
I, 2017
Features, 93min, OmeU

Tue
06
Nov
16:00
Urania
Thu
08
Nov
16:00
Filmmuseum
Cast: 
Van Quattro
Danilo Tribunal
Andrea Pavoni Belli
Vito Mirizzi
Vittoria de Ferrari Sapetto
Andrea Valfre
Screenplay: 
Giorgio Ferrero
Sound: 
Rodolfo Mongitore
Camera: 
Federico Biasin
Editor: 
Enrico Aleotti
Federico Biasin
Giorgio Ferrero
Filippo Vallegra
Composer: 
Giorgio Ferrero

Production: 
MyBoss
World Sales: 
Filmotor
Format: 
DCP
Color

A poetic documentary portrait, with hyper-stylised imagery and sound design, of four men who work, apparently, in complete isolation and silence. Van tends Texan oil pumpjacks, Danilo minds a huge cargo ship, Andrea works in an echo-less product-testing chamber, and Vito manages a waste-to-energy burning plant. They are contrasted with a modern couple who are typical, heedless consumers.
It has become a trend in contemporary documentary cinema to inquire into the strange “life cycle” of consumerist objects – especially at a time when cultural philosophy has turned its attention to the concept of the “anthropocene” or the measurable time-span of human impact on the earth’s natural systems, an epoch that may be approaching its apocalyptic end. Building audiovisual motifs that gradually interweave the daily sensations and musings of its lonely men, Ferrero eventually draws a much wider, global picture: a strange, disquieting, perverse economy of production, exhaustion, destruction and waste, a cycle that begins over and over again without reason or vision beyond immediate, ephemeral gratification. BEAUTIFUL THINGS looks for unexpected traces of soulfulness inside this infernal machine. (Adrian Martin)

In the presence of Giorgio Ferrero.

Giorgio Ferrero: RIVERBERO (2013, K), DENOISE (2017, K)