70th Venice International Film Festival
Director: Alberto Barbera
Out of Competition
19-year-old Bert Lee sits in the shades of a tree in Yo Park. Cassandra Warrior feeds her daughter Diamond Rose. Daniel Runs Close sweats under the sun at Wounded Knee Memorial site. Kassel Sky Little puts his boots on at the Waters Rodeo. Vanessa Piper is alone in the middle of Badlands. Lance Red Cloud hangs out behind the gas station at night. It is summer and they all live here, at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA.
language: English, Lakota dialect - s/t English, Italian
I created a narrative build on a series of seemingly disconnected scenes all set in the Native American Reservation Pine Ridge in South Dakota, a community on a chaotic stand still. Its younger residents are the characters of my film, and what concerns them, that is the focus: sometimes an irretrievable past, sometimes a dream, sometimes the inner thoughts of an uncertain future. I strive for a cinema that tries to reach for some kind of understanding of life. The youth of Pine Ridge who I met during research and shooting has given me not only a deeper understanding of my film-making but has also effected my own understanding of life. Kind of like the butterfly effect, man. You know.