Scent of myrtle

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Scent of myrtle (Il profumo del mirto)

Scent of myrtle (Il profumo del mirto)

original title:

Il profumo del mirto

directed by:


Francesco Mattu, Francesco Soru, Ovidio Lai, Caterina Tomasulo, Paolo Massaria, Federico Vacca, Antonio Soru, Ubaldo Soddu



Piero Marras



Karel, supported by Ministero della Cultura, Regione Autonoma della Sardegna, Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia, Fondo per l'Audiovisivo del Friuli Venezia Giulia, qith the support of Comune di Cagliari, Unione dei Comuni della Barbagia, Sardegna Film Commission Foundation





film run:





Ready (03/11/2021)

festivals & awards:

  • Fluvione Film Festival 2021: in Competition
  • Barcellona Indipendent Film Festival 2021: in Competition
  • Babel Film Festival 2021: in Competition

Scent of Myrtle is a original documentary movie project about a friendly, bizarre, forty years old sardinian shepherd Francesco Mattu. Francesco will transport us, with continuous narrative flashbacks crossing his exciting memories, from his childhood in Sardinia to the present days. For the past 10 years until now, Francesco, lived in the Friulian Alps in a village named Tramonti di Sotto. His tales focus on the uncontaminated nature and his life between his beloved sheeps, a cassette player always on, folk songs and ancestral rites that accompanied his childhood in the centre of Barbagia, in a not so distant time. After the initial shock and difficulties our charismatic character is now surrounded by new friends, affection and esteem. This is not only because of his delicious product that he creates from his flock bur for the genuineness and altruism that he brings along. Since years now you can hear in the morning’s hours a Garelli motorcycle echoing in the Val Tramontina with a male voice which intones melodic passages of a distant land. Loneliness and happiness will clash in this poetic coming and going, which will culminate with the return of our principle character to Ovodda on the occasion of the feast of Ash Wednesday, extremely different compared to the continent, from a religious and social point of view.