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, Selections and Awards
Concrete Dream Film Festival, Los Angeles, Award Winner
AMIIWorkFest, Vilnius, Lithuania, Best Feature Narrative
Il Varco Film Festival, Honorable Mention for Experimental Cinema
Roma Prisma Film Awards, Best Editing (May 2018)
Selected also for the Beijing International Short Film Festival 2017, the Norwegian International Seagull Short Film Festival 2018, London Greek Film Festival, OGA VideoArt Exhibitions 2018/2019 (Roma, Italy), Auckland International Film Festival, « One Shot » Short Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia (Film Without Limits section, upcoming, 4-10 June 2018)
This film will also be screened at the Italian Institute of Culture in Athens, Greece in the period November 14 / December 8 on occasion of a retrospective photo exhibition of Cesare Bedognè.