Unwanted de Europa

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Les Unwanted de Europa

Fabrizio Ferraro
E/I, 2017
Features, 111min, OmeU

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Les Unwanted de Europa

Fabrizio Ferraro
E/I, 2017
Features, 111min, OmeU

Cast: 
Euplemio Macri
Walter Benjamin
Catarina Wallenstein
Lisa Fittko
Marco Teti
Militiman 1
Bruno Duchêne
Militiman 2
Pau Riba
Militiman 3
Screenplay: 
Fabrizio Ferraro
Sound: 
Amanda Villavieja
Camera: 
Fabrizio Ferraro
Editor: 
Fabrizio Ferraro
Composer: 
Pau Riba

Production: 
Eddie Saeta
Passepartout Società Cooperativa Sociale Integrata
World Sales: 
Eddie Saeta
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

Some historical films are made with the present in mind. Fabrizio Ferraro’s introspective black-and-white feature is one of them. The escape through war-torn France of German Jewish philosopher Walter Benjamin met with bewildering bad luck: The Pyrenees border with Spain, where Benjamin tried to cross, was suddenly closed. Benjamin took arsenic, not knowing that the border would reopen the following day. He had left behind his suitcase, said to contain his last treatise, which was never recovered. Such are the facts behind Ferraro’s quiet, inwardly intense film, which takes us through the South-Eastern Pyrenees trail. A retracing in a Sebaldian sense, the film is free of traditional action or narrative arc. What remains, captured in beautifully controlled follow shots, is the endless walk, and the mournful absence – the mountains can’t speak, if they did, they would have told of massive waves of recent refugees, whose fate has been as tragic. Benjamin bequeathed us the figure of Angelus, the Angel of History, risen from the ashes of unspeakable devastation. Ferraro reminds us that this devastation isn’t always palpable; the beauty of the landscape blunts our sense of historical time. (Ela Bittencourt)

In the presence of Fabrizio Ferraro und Luís Miñarro (producer).

Fabrizio Ferraro LE VARIAZIONI DEL SIGNOR QUODLIBET, FILM STUDIO IN III VARIAZIONI (2006), JE SUIS SIMONE (LA CONDITION OUVRIÈRE) (2009), PIANO SUL PIANETA (MALGRADO TUTTO, CORAGGIO FRANCESCO!) (2010), ETHOS (2011, K), PENULTIMO PAESAGGIO (2011), QUATRE NUITS D’UN ÉTRANGER (2013), WENN AUS DEM HIMMEL (2015), SEBASTIANO (2016), COLOSSALE SENTIMENTO (2016)