This film is based on documentary material but is not, strictly speaking, a documentary film. Nor it is a work of fiction. The film appeared to us rather like a dream, not a nocturnal dream, but one which unfolded day by day while shooting. A dream shared between the photographer-director and the actress (or, better, the woman portrayed in the feature), which nevertheless seemed to follow its own, enigmatic necessity through which the daily shots joined almost magnetically, interweaving in a pattern of superimposed layers that unceasingly merge and dissolve one in another, in a constant flux, crystallization and reshaping of psychic interior. At a certain point, this dream seems to end but in fact it only opens up to another dream, or hallucination, where the film itself abruptly starts to burn, unleashing new and old visions, fragments of reality, until it is put out by a sudden storm and dissolves in a twilight of sea-waters. In this sense, the film is also a meditation on the elements, Water and Fire, about a sun-eye that appeared by itself in one of the first shots and took possession of the narration, in the endless flow and unfathomable metamorphosis of all things and beings.
“I have already been
A bush and a bird
A boy and a girl
A mute fish in the sea”
Filmed in Lesvos, Greece (January-May 2017)
Editing completed in September 2017
Maria's Silence was selected to date for the Beijing International Short Film Festival 2017, the Norwegian International Seagull Short Film Festival 2018, for the AMIIWorkFest, Vilnius, Lithuania (upcoming, May 2018) and for OGA VideoArt Exhibitions 2018/2019 (Roma, Italy).
Maria's Silence was selected as Award Winner in the Concrete Dream Film Festival (which will take place in Los Angelese (USA) on June 9th 2018).
“Maria’s Silence” will also be at the basis of an retrospective photo exhibition taking place at the Italian Cultural Institute of Athens, Greece, next autumn. The film will be screened in loop at the Institute Auditorium and film-stills will be displayed, printed in large format size on photographic paper.