Giovanni Donfrancesco, Italy-France, 2013, 88′
An elderly sculptor wanders through the Hope cemetery, examining the tombstones of the stonemasons that came to the USA from Carrara and the rest of Europe at the turn of the 20th century. They were headed for Barre, Vermont, where the world’s largest granite quarries had been opened. This is a metaphysical journey through modern small-town America, where today’s residents give a physical and vocal form to the spirits of their forebears to create a surprising tableau depicting the tragic story of a community engaged in the perennial titanic battle with stone, against a backdrop of dramatic social struggle, deaths at work, the splendour of sculpture, anarchic Utopian ideals, hope and tragedy.
Giovanni Donfrancesco lives in Florence, where he works as a film director. He also spends a lot of time abroad. Originally a photographer and freelance journalist, he turned to making documentaries after spending several months in Selva Lacandona, Mexico, where he shot a film about the outbreak of the Zapatista Uprising.
With a formal background in the humanities, he has also published two novels and a book of photographs.
He founded Altara Films, a production company that supports his own work and that of other film-makers. His works have been screened at a variety of Italian and international film festivals, and broadcast by numerous television networks across the world.
Thursday, April 23
h 8.00 pm Paris
Thursday, May 7
h 9.00 pm Noto
Friday, May 8
h 6.00 pm Palermo
Sunday, May 10
h 6.00 pm Rome (second screening)
Tuesday, May 26
h 8.15 pm Grenoble
Sunday, June 28
h 4.00 pm Berlin
Thomas Glaser (co-editor)
Muriel Breton (co-editor)
Pauline Dairou (co-editor)
Olivier Touche (editor)
Yael Fogiel (Associate Producer)
Laetitia Gonzalez (Associate Producer)