70th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Final Cut in Venice
“With almost nothing... we can make things,” a retired military man named Gaby told me. He recycles scrap metal in order to make wheelbarrows.
From behind my camera, without being condescending, I look out at my compatriots, at those who, with their strength and soul as their only resources, can create life, objects, music, or great speeches.
Beyond what economists call “underdevelopment,” I perceive everywhere an unconscious resistance to a barely humanistic worldwide system.
A lesson, made in Madagascar, about recycling, fraternity, freedom and poetry.
Note: the screening on August 31 at 11:30 am is reserved for Industry pass holders
language: Malagasy - s/t English
The film introduces us to the Malagasy “system D” (from the French expression se debrouiller, “making shift”) and to some strong, fascinating and very different personalities. I have constructed the film in the same way as each of my protagonists constructs his own creation, that is in stages, assembling the pieces until the work is complete. It was important for me that the “kabary,” the traditional stylized form of speech, be pronounced by a woman. This was a powerful symbol that surprised and pleased the country folk, as did the fact of having married the music of the south of the island with the dance of the center; a proof that Madagascan society is able to evolve without repudiating any of its traditions.