WHERE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS
BEST FOREIGN FILM
-Director Gigi Roccati
-Producer Giovanni Capalbo
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Angela Fontana
- Annalisa Forgione
52nd ANNUAL WorldFest Houston
This film is an adventure rooted in the natural spirit of the unspoiled highlands of Southern Italy and focuses on the never-ending struggle of mankind to defend itself from the destructive hands of those who want to pollute and destroy. It is a story that is born from values of ancient times and continues today - the need to confront an ever-present universal issue, THE PRESERVATION OF OUR PLANET.
- GIGI ROCCATI and GIOVANNI CAPALBO
A magical and inaccessible land, enclosed between the mountains and the sea, where nothing is the way it seems. Here is where Rocco and Lucia live, a severe father, rooted to his land like a tree, who fights to defend it until the last sacrifice, and a wild girl, unable to speak since the death of her mother Argenzia, who possesses the gift of seeing and feeling her mother’s soul. The father, who sees her talking to the wind, believes her to be under an evil spell and desperately submits her to the healing rituals of a peasant sorceress.
One day Rocco refuses the offer of a lorry driver who wants to bury toxic waste in his land in exchange for money. But when his farm is set on fire he kills one of the attackers, and will be forced to escape on foot to save his daughter. Thus the journey begins, one of atonement for Rocco and the coming of age of Lucia, through the beauty of an untamed nature and the harshness of a dying land, where the girl will grow into a woman, leaving behind the memory of her mother in order to help her father, aggravated by the burden of his guilt.
An ancient story in modern days, in a world of the vanquished in which a light of hope shines, embodied by a young mute woman who regains her voice. Lucia is the land, forced to witness the fatal clash between her farmer father and those who poison his fields, in a touching adventure full of magic and redemption.
friend of Saverio
secretary of Don Fortunato
Luciana Filomena Paolicelli
Giorgio Lo Russo
A FILM BY GIGI ROCCATI
Support and Collaboration by Mibac, Basilicata Region, Lucania Film Commission
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DIRECTORS NOTES - Gigi Roccati
A close relationship exists between the fruits of the earth and the people who work the land. The fragility and delicacy of the first are of the same nature of the raw stubbornness of the latter, whose character is forged by the fatigue of survival, in mountains and valleys cutting through the blue sky.
This film is an adventure rooted in the nature of the high lands that deals with the eternal struggle of a man who defends his land from the destructive hands of those who pollute it. It is born of an ancient need to confront an absolutely contemporary issue: the universal value of the preservation of the planet. In the lonely wilderness of days and nights spent walking outdoors, we look at the world with the eyes of our protagonists, Rocco’s hieratic glance and Lucia’s fervent passion.
The first is taciturn, brutal and compassionate. While the girl, an unpredictable seductive body, is capable to awake the powerful soul of the Earth. The Earth embodies in her, in the electricity of her dance. A hope filled with magic to reaffirm that beauty lies “in a future where an ancient heart beats”.
"A Contemporary Western for a Magical Land."
LA STAMPA, IT
"A Powerful Drama!"
The Italian Press Agency
"Cinema is a collective experience that should go straight to the heart, like a bullet."
Gigi Roccati, Director
52nd ANNUAL WorldFest Houston
"Best Foreign Film"
A story about " ...an ancient city whose timeless beauty and rapturous magic have now become the symbol of a future revolution."
Matera-Basilicata Capital of European Culture
Joe Capalbo the father is an experienced and skillful actor that has worked with directors such as Peter Greenaway , Abel Ferrara and Mel Gibson in The Passion of the Christ.
Angela Fontana in the role of Lucia, "One of Italy's rising Stars that represent a new generation of performers that are highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike.”
Los Angeles Italia Fest
Joe Capalbo and Angela Fontana