MARANA

This doc­u­men­tary invites us on a spe­cial jour­ney into the tac­i­turn uni­vers­es of autism. We dive deep into it as we get close to a group of teenagers living in a dis­tant autism care insti­tu­tion in some Ital­ian foothills. Togeth­er with Мах, Geor­gia and other young­sters, we dis­cov­er their dreams, their blos­som­ing youth and become wit­ness­es to the devel­op­ment of their first intimacies.

A very atten­tive and patient camera as well as sen­si­tive musi­cal sound­scapes intend on an immer­sive approach to bring us closer to the inner worlds of the young pro­tag­o­nists. Apart from being very sen­so­ry and giving insights into the world of autism, MARANA touch­es on much of the uneasy topic of ethics in doc­u­men­tary work and ques­tions its boundaries.

Direc­tor, cin­e­matog­ra­phy: Gio­van­ni Benini, Davide Provolo
Sound: Gio­van­ni Benini, Davide Pro­vo­lo, Matias Campaci
Edit­ing: Pier­pao­lo Filomeno
Music: Lite Orches­tra (Matias Cam­paci, Thomas Pizzini)
Sound edit­ing: Ludovic Van Pachterbeke
Sound mix: Samuele Tezza
Col­or­grad­ing: Ste­fano Bellamoli
Pro­duc­tion: Ginevra Gadioli
Con­tact: ezmefilm.com/marana

SURFARARASURFARARA

Against the back­drop of a barren land­scape, coal-miners advance towards the many mines that dot Sicily’s inner land. Crowd­ing into a lift they dis­ap­pear 500 meters under the sur­face of the earth. Above the day­time, the world is idyl­lic. The sun shines bright­ly; the sound of crick­ets fills the air. This pow­er­ful con­trast under­scores De Seta’s edit­ing. While the people above work at their own pace, the men below toil to the rhythm of machines.
Geneviève Rossier 

PASTORI DI ORGOSOLODIE HIRTEN VON ORGOSLO

In this film De Seta depicts the harsh exis­tence of herds­men in the moun­tains of Sar­dinia. They squeeze out what they can form the barren land­scape to feed their goats. The herds­men are part of a land­scape against which they have to strug­gle to sur­vive. They seek refuge in their little hut, where they sit qui­et­ly by the fire while a bitter wind howls out­side, sweep­ing snow across dark boulders.

UN GIORNO IN BARBAGIAEIN TAG IN BARBAGIA

Orgoso­lo, Oliena and Manci­na are remote vil­lages in the par­tic­u­lar­ly inhos­pitable Sar­din­ian hin­ter­land. The inhab­i­tants make a meagre living prin­ci­pal­ly from pas­toral activ­i­ties. Since the men spend most of their time with their herds, the women work togeth­er in the fields, col­lect­ing fire­wood, prepar­ing the bread, doing the wash­ing in the tor­rent and look­ing after the children. 

PESCHERECCIDIE FISCHER

A trawler slices through the trou­bled waters in the vast mar­itime area sep­a­rat­ing Sicily from Africa. On board, the fish­er­men are busy sort­ing out and clean­ing the fish, throw­ing out the small­er ones to the seag­ulls. When a storm breaks out, they find shel­ter on the island of Lampedusa. 

CONTADINI DEL MAREBAUERN DES MEERES

De Seta’s CONTADINI DEL MARE tells a story of life and death. Sil­hou­et­ted like unreal shad­ows against the sky at the break of day, Sicil­ian fish­er­men are throw­ing out their nets, stretch­ing them between the boats. A long wait begins. Sud­den­ly, a shout rends the air. Swing­ing into action, the fish­er­men joy­ous­ly sing while haul­ing in their net filled with strug­gling tuna fish. As the sun goes down, they take up their oars and head for home. 

LU TEMPU DI LI PISCI SPATAZEIT DER SCHWERTFISCHE

With the return of summer, the sword­fish come to lay their eggs in the Strait of Messi­na. While the wash­er­women scrub their laun­dry on the bank, accom­pa­ny­ing their labours with ances­tral chants, the fish­er­men await the arrival of the fish in their frail small craft.

ISOLE DI FUOCOINSEL DES FEUERS

The vol­ca­noes that rise up from the sea above the Aeo­lian Islands are metal­lic blue. The atmos­phere is heavy and charged with energy as the inhab­i­tants go about their daily work. Yet, sud­den­ly, the world holds its breath. A roar­ing wind sends people flee­ing into their houses. And all the while that the lava masses flow through the dark­ness of the night into which they have erupt­ed, the vil­lage sings, as if to appease nature.

PASQUA IN SICILIAOSTERN IN SIZILIEN

In the vil­lages of San Fratel­lo, Della and Aidone in Sicily, people cel­e­brate Easter with great devout­ness, with cos­tumed pro­ces­sions retrac­ing the Pas­sion of Christ. This film by Vit­to­rio De Seta con­trasts the twi­light poetry of scenes of the cru­ci­fix­ion with a car­ni­val pre­sen­ta­tion of the resurrection.