A Place for Light to be

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A Place for Light to be (Lucus a Lucendo. A proposito di Carlo Levi)

A Place for Light to be (Lucus a Lucendo. A proposito di Carlo Levi)

original title:

Lucus a Lucendo. A proposito di Carlo Levi


Stefano Levi della Torre, Carlo Ginzburg, Vincenzo D’Elia, Filomena Poidomani, Alessandra Lancellotti



Zende Music Ensemble, feat. Marcello Picchioni, Luca Romeo, Laura Loriga


Caucaso Factory, Luce Cinecittà, Domus Films, supported by Ministero della Cultura, in cooperation with Fondo Etico BCC Basilicata, Comune di Aliano, with the support of Piemonte Doc Film Fund, Film Commission Torino Piemonte

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festivals & awards:

  • Turin Film Festival 2019: Italiana.doc
  • Matera Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019
  • Aliano / Centro Carlo Levi 2019
  • Casa del Cinema - Italia Doc 2020 Doc in Tour 2020
  • Ventotene Film Festival 2020
  • Lucania Film Festival 2020
  • Visioni Notturne Sostenibili 2021

With the expression “Lucus a non lucendo” (wood of non-light), Carlo Levi describes the landscape known during his confinement in Basilicata. After two generations, Stefano Levi Della Torre embarks on a journey to the places of Carlo’s public life. The traveling companions are Carlo Ginzburg and Alessandra Lancellotti, who embodies a new disciple, a role that Stefano had played with Carlo. The documentary is a dialectical comparison that alternates the pictorial landscape with the memorial one, to become a separate work in which one of the masterpieces of Italian anthropology, Christ Stopped at Eboli, finds a new cinematographic translation.