Mimmo Cuticchio, Vincenzo Pirrotta, Gaspare Balsamo, Mario Incudine, Giovanni Calcagno, Yousif Jaralla
Cloud 9 Film, Rai Cinema, supported by Ministero della Cultura, with the support of Regione Sicilia, Sicilia Film Commission
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A road movie on a red truck driving around Sicily, on the lookout for new oral storytellers who draw on the great tradition of the cùnto (tale) and its tellers a movie that shows us another Sicily and its reawakening through the universal power of its folktales from the past, used to sing of our present.
I'm the film's gaze, its narrator, its voice and that's because this film is first and foremost my own cùnto di joy and sorrow, dedicated to my childhood and my memories. It's a journey through the stages of life, from its genesis to adulthood and old age: it starts in the amniotic sac in a mother's womb and ends deep underground, or under the sea, where the mythology of my past finds its resting place amidst the ashes of my father and mother. "Heaven is another story", sings Lello Analfino in the song he composed for the end credits of the film. Heaven lies in the power of memory and the stories handed down from one generation to the next, and those stories protect us from deep underground, reminding us that once upon a time will come again. After all, God created man because he loved the stories man told, or so goes the Hasidic saying I used as an epigraph at the end of this film.