– VENICE 2022: Salvatore Mereu presents a narrative of a deep friendship but additionally a portrait of the final vestiges of an archaic peasant world
Peppeddu Cucco and Giovanni Porcu in Bentu
Marked by the sounds of nature that develop into a real soundtrack, Bentu [+see also:
film profile] feeds on a neorealist custom that has made Italian cinema nice. Completely spoken in Sardinian, Salvatore Mereu‘s newest movie is freely tailored from Il vento e altri racconti (The Wind and Different Tales) by author and tireless supporter of Sardinian tradition Antonio Cossu. Between Caravaggesque photos and profound realism, Bentu units itself the duty of photographing what stays of an historical civilisation that, missing equipment, needed to take care of the vagaries of nature. The aged Raffaele (performed by Peppeddu Cucco, who as a baby starred in Vittorio De Seta’s Banditi a Orgosolo) and the younger Angelino (Giovanni Porcu), the 2 protagonists of the movie, thus signify the 2 sides of the identical coin, of the identical tradition: one anchored to the previous and the rhythm of nature, the opposite turned to the long run, impatient and indomitable.
Chosen a number of instances on the Venice Movie Competition (in 2003 along with his first characteristic movie Ballo a tre passi that gained Critics’ Week, in 2010 with Tajabone within the Controcampo italiano part, two years later with Fairly Butterflies [+see also:
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interview: Salvatore Mereu
film profile]), Mereu presents this yr at Giornate degli Autori an atypical movie born from a undertaking created in collaboration with the Grasp’s diploma course in Multimedia Manufacturing on the College of Cagliari.
Bentu (wind, in Sardinian) tells the story of Raffaele, an aged farmer who faces fatigue and the aches and pains of age with blind willpower, taking good care of the small pile of wheat he has harvested, which can function a complete yr’s provide for him and his household. In contrast to many different farmers who’ve succumbed to the lure of know-how, Raffaele, like many earlier than him, depends on the wind to free the grain from the straw that covers it. The wind, nonetheless, makes him wait, stretching his days to infinity. Alone, in his small home within the nation, removed from everybody, the movie’s protagonist hopes for a miracle, believes with all his would possibly in his fortunate star, the one that may lastly deliver him a breath of wind.
The one human presence that brightens his days is little Angelino. If the previous man’s monotony is colored each time the kid seems, the latter can profit from his expertise, he will be impressed by the gestures he passes on to him, he can lastly enrich himself with data about nature that’s step by step disappearing. Though intrigued by this ancestral data, what actually pursuits Angelino, nonetheless, is using the previous man’s untamed mare, a lust he can not include regardless of Raffaele’s refusal to let him trip her. If the previous farmer’s persistence appears infinite, Angelino’s appears to expire straight away, changed by a necessity for freedom that’s unimaginable to include.
A real face-to-face between man and nature, Bentu lays naked our present lack of contact with what surrounds us, our despotic must all the time place ourselves on the centre of the universe. Sluggish and animated virtually completely by the reside sounds of nature in addition to the mysterious language spoken by Raffaele and Angelino, Bentu forces us, even when solely in the course of the time of a movie, to take a break from the hustle and bustle of life.
Bentu is produced by Viacolvento in affiliation with Antioco Floris of the College of Cagliari Grasp’s Diploma Course in Multimedia Manufacturing and co-produced by the Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico (ISRE). Pascale Ramonda is accountable for worldwide gross sales.
(Translated from Italian)
Photogallery 07/09/2022: Venice 2022 – Bentu
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