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Le Quattro Volte


I TA LY/G ERMANY/ SWITZER L A N D


Director: Michelangelo Frammartino


Producers: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Susanne Marian, Philippe Bober, Gabriella Manfre, Elda Guidinetti, Andres Pfaeffli


Screenwriter: Michelangelo Frammartino Cinematographer: Andrea Locatelli Editors: Benni Atria, Maurizio Grillo


Cast: Giuseppe Fuda, Bruno Timpano, Nazareno Timpano 2010/color/88 min.


MICHAELANGELO FRAMMARTINO


Born in Milan in 1968, Michelangelo Frammartino studied in the architecture department of the Milan Polytechnic School, developing a passion for the relationship between physical space and 2D imagery. He teaches film language and scriptwriting at the University of Bergamo. Le Quattro Volte is Frammartino’s second feature film.


Filmography The Gift (2003)


From the simplest of raw materials, Michelangelo Frammartino has fashioned a poetico-philosophical dreamscape about the mystical evolution of life and the endurance of spirit.


Based on the Greek philosopher Pythagoras’s belief in the transmigration of souls—and tinged with Roman Catholic doctrine as well—this beautiful film, shot in a series of long, meditative takes by cinematographer Andrea Locatelli, is set in in the hilly countryside surrounding a remote Calabrian village. There we behold an ancient shepherd (Giuseppe Fuda), tending to his goats in the pastures and, when evening comes, visiting the local church, where the cleaning woman saves for him a package of dust from around the altar, believed to have medicinal powers. When the old man dies, the Pythagorean magic unfolds. A baby goat dropping from its mother’s womb clearly becomes a reincarnation of the herdsman; next, his soul passes into a majestic fir tree, and when that is sawed into lumber, he becomes a humble lump of coal. Thus does the philosopher’s transcendent circle of life—man, animal, vegetable, mineral—come to full measure; le quattro volte—literally the four times—have all been visited.


Frammartino studied architecture in his hometown of Milan before directing the acclaimed feature The Gift in 2003. At this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Le Quattro Volte was chosen as the best European film in the festival’s prestigious Directors’ Fortnight.


—BILL GALLO


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CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA


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