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Il buco

Venezia 78 Competition

Director:
Michelangelo Frammartino
Production:
Doppio Nodo Double Bind (Marco Serrecchia), Essential Filmproduktion, Société Parisienne de Production supported by MIC - Direzione Generale Cinema, Eurimages, Calabria Film Commission, Regione Lazio, CNC - Aide aux cinémas du monde - Centre National de la Cinématographie - Institut Français, Arte France Cinéma, ZDF/ Arte, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Cinereach with the collaboration and patronage of Parco Nazionale del Pollino, Comune di San Lorenzo Bellizzi, Società Speleologica Italiana
Running Time:
93’
Language:
Italian
Country:
Italy, France, Germany
Main Cast:
Paolo Cossi, Jacopo Elia, Denise Trombin, Nicola Lanza, Antonio Lanza, Leonardo Larocca, Claudia Candusso, Mila Costi, Carlos Jose Crespo,
Screenplay:
Michelangelo Frammartino, Giovanna Giuliani
Cinematographer:
Renato Berta
Editor:
Benedetto Atria
Production Designer:
Giliano Carli
Costume Designer:
Stefania Grilli
Sound:
Simone Paolo Olivero
Visual Effects:
Gilberto Arpioni

Synopsis

During the economic boom of the 1960s, Europe’s highest building is being built in Italy’s prosperous North. At the other end of the country, young speleologists explore Europe’s deepest cave in the untouched Calabrian hinterland. The bottom of the Bifurto Abyss, 700 meters below Earth, is reached for the first time. The intruders’ venture goes unnoticed by the inhabitants of a small neighbouring village, but not by the old shepherd of the Pollino plateau whose solitary life begins to interweave with the group’s journey. Another work of nearly wordless organic beauty that touches on the mystical, Il buco chronicles a visit through unknown depths of life and nature and parallels two great voyages to the interior.

Director’s Statement

In January 2007, the mayor of the Calabrian village where I was filming Le quattro volte, took me on a tour of the Pollino. “You must see the wonders of these mountains!”, he said. He brought me to a sinkhole where a meagre cut in the ground could be seen. I was perplexed, disappointed. The mayor, on the other hand, enthusiastic and proud, threw a large stone into that void. It got swallowed by darkness. The bottom was so deep that nothing could be seen nor heard. That disappearance, that lack of response, gave me a very strong emotion. That strange place stuck with me, calling me back to it years later, to question it and create a project within the silent blackness of the Bifurto Abyss.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Marco Serrecchia – Doppio Nodo Double Bind
Via Bartolomeo Centogatti 22
00176 - Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 339 821 547
info@doppionodoublebind.com

PRODUCTION 2: Rai Cinema
Piazza Adriana 12
00193 – Roma, Italia
Tel. + 39 0633179601
anna.pomara@raicinema.it
http://www.raicinema.rai.it

PRODUCTION 3: Philippe Bober – Essential Filmproduktion
Strausberger Platz 17
10243 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 3032777879
berlin@coproductionoffice.eu
http://www.coproductionoffice.eu

PRODUCTION 4: Philippe Bober – Parisienne de Production
24, rue Lamartine
75009 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 156026000
bureau@coproductionoffice.eu
http://www.coproductionoffice.eu

WORLD SALES: Philippe Bober – Coproduction Office
24, rue Lamartine
75009 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 156026000
sales@coproductionoffice.eu
http://www.coproductionoffice.eu

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Alessandra Tieri – Lucky Red
Tel. +39 3358480787
a.tieri@luckyred.it

PRESS OFFICE: Viviana Andriani - Rendez-Vous
75, rue des Martyrs
75018 – Paris, France
Mob. +33 6 80 16 81 39
viviana@rv-press.com

US PRESS OFFICE: Julie Chappell – Cinetic Media
julie@cineticmedia.com

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: PUNTOeVIRGOLA
Via Natale Del Grande
00153 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 06 45763506
info@studiopuntoevirgola.com


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