In 2014 the Istituto Luce turned 90, its decades-long history intertwined with that of Italy itself, through cinema and the unique treasure of images stored in the Luce Archives. To celebrate its anniversary, some of the most acclaimed rising filmmakers in Italy were invited to make a small film, with each director selecting ten minutes of footage from the archives, out of the thousands of hours of footage to be found there. The result is an album full of different narratives. The film footage speaks of the outbreak of war, implorations of peace; building collapses and reconstruction; recollections of (possibly) lost landscapes, and lost realities; miracles, superstitions and dreams.
It's a weave of themes: women's rights, sexuality, the meaning of a song, the Moon, in the form of fairy tales or diaries, pseudo-history or poetry; the words of great writers alongside the voices of the man on the street; starring real people, historical figures, and characters made up out of thin air. A diverse picture, a combinatorial game of intersecting moves, contrasts and analogies, with one common thread: those images from the Archives.
Directors: Marco Bonfanti (segment "Tubiolo e la luna"), Sara Fgaier (segment "L'umile Italia"), Claudio Giovannesi (segment "Il mio dovere di sposa"), Alina Marazzi (segment "Confini"), Pietro Marcello (segment "L'umile Italia"), Giovanni Piperno (segment "Miracolo italiano"), Costanza Quatriglio (segment "Girotondo"), Paola Randi (segment "Progetto panico"), Alice Rohrwacher (segment "Una canzone"), Roland Sejko (segment "L'entrata in guerra")
Italy, 2014, 94 minutes
In Italian with English subtitles
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