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Aspromonte (first feature)

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Aspromonte

Aspromonte

original title:

ASPROMONTE

directed by:

screenplay:

Piermaria Cecchini, Hedy Krissane, Franco Neri, Gero Giglio, Tonino Perna, Gaetano Sansone

cinematography:

producer:

production:

Publiglobe, with the support of Fondazione Calabria Film Commission

country:

Italy

year:

2012

film run:

78'

format:

35mm - colour

release date:

31/01/2013

Torquato Boatti, a businessman from northern Italy, desperately needs his brother Marco’s signature to close the real estate deal of a lifetime, but the two haven’t spoken in years and Torquato has no idea where his brother is.
Determined to track down his brother, Torquato finds that Marco, a musician, is on tour with his band in the Aspromonte Mountains of southern Italy. Less than thrilled to be going to Calabria, Torquato heads south, locates his brother, but the first attempt at getting him to sign the papers ends in an argument and no signature. Frustrated but determined, Torquato tries to speak with Marco again only to find that he’s gone missing.
Fearing that Marco’s been kidnapped, Torquato begins to search for him with the help of a guide from the “Corpo Forestale dello Stato” (Forest Service). The two men set out by jeep into the rugged mountains and the businessman from Brianza begins to discover the unexpected world of the Aspromonte and the province of Reggio Calabria. The region’s enchanting beauty, intriguing inhabitants, ancient traditions and languages begin to captivate Torquato. The film traces his journey and eventual meeting with his brother in the beautiful backdrop of the Forgiarelle waterfall, but how has their time in the Aspromonte changed their lives?
The film explores the misunderstandings and preconceptions of the North versus the South, in particular the Aspromonte Mountains which are still known as “ the mountains where kidnappers hide their victims” after more than 20 years since the last incident. The film aims to highlight the importance of overcoming ideological reductionism, especially in regard to Calabria and the Aspromonte being linked solely with the ‘Ndrangheta, by acknowledging this hateful phenomenon. Ultimately, the hope is that the Aspromonte will once again be recognized for the charm and fascination of its unique and extraordinary beauty, the place that has hosted Byzantine monks and hermits who, during war times and social crises, would find peace and good quality of life within its mountains.
The theme of the film is taken from the writings of Prof. Tonino Perna, author of “Aspromonte” published by Bollati Boringhieri (Torino, 2002) which was awarded two national prizes for the section “Environment” (“Carlo Bo” University of Urbino and “Prize Gambrinus” Regione Veneto) in 2003 and 2004.