I film iscritti al 5° Firenze FilmCorti Festival – Cesare Bedogne’: “Maria’s silence” (IT 2017)

  Il film sarà proiettato il 26 gennaio alle ore 17.00:
Zona Aromatica Protetta
Sala Riunioni 2°piano
Vicolo di Santa Maria Maggiore 1
50123 Firenze
Il film, girato in Grecia, rientra nei film sperimentali che arricchiscono questa edizione del Firenze FlmCorti Festival. Il silenzio di Maria appare in realtà come un sogno condiviso tra il fotografo-direttore e l’attrice:
“I have already been
A bush and a bird
A boy and a girl
A mute fish in the sea”
(Empedocles, Purifications)

Maria's 2

This film is based on documentary material but is not, strictly speaking, a documentary film. Nor it is a work of fiction. The film rather appeared to us 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 the 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.
Director Biography
Maria's 3Cesare Bedogné was born in a small town in the Italian Alps in 1968. He later moved to Pavia, where he graduated with honors in Mathematics with a Master’s thesis on Minkovski Spacetime. Subsequently, he worked as a researcher in various European universities. During the course of his studies, he also deepened his interest for the visual arts, with particular attention to photography and cinema. Starting from the late ‘90’s his photographs have been exhibited, solo and in group shows, in several galleries and museums in Italy and abroad. His photo-book “Of Ashes and Wind”, including 110 black and white photographs, was released in 2015 by the no-profit Italian Publishing House ABao AQu.
In the last few years Cesare Bedogné moved to Greece and also started writing. He published so far four collections of poems and short stories. His first, autobiographical novel “Oltre l’Azzurro” (“Beyond the Blue”) was published in 2012 by ABao AQu. This novel and the author’s photographs, together with the omonymous theatrical performance, were at the basis of the film “Story for an empty theatre”, which Cesare Bedognè co-directed with the Russian film-maker Alexandr Balagura. The film was selected for about twenty international film festival. The film was awarded a Certificate of Merit (first equal in the competition for the best experimental film) in the Great Indian Film and Literature Festival (GIFLIF, 2-4 december 2016), it was the monthly winner (Best Experimental Film, november 2016) in the Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, the Best Experimental Film in the Eastern NC Film Festival (USA), the Best Experimental Film in the Coral Coast International Film Festival of Alghero (Italy), the Best Documentary Feature in the International Film Festival of Maracay (Venezuela), the Best Experimental Film (ex-aequo) in the Switzerland International Film Festival (SIFF 2017) and the Best Italian Documentary in Roma Cinema Doc (September 2017 edition). He recently worked on the short experimental documentary film “Maria’s Silence” (shot on Lesvos in the period January-May 2017, editing completed September 2017), selected so far (11/11/2017) for the Beijing International Short Film Festival.
  • Beijing International Short Film Festival
    November 14, 2017
  • 5° Firenze FilmCorti Festival (pre-selection screening)
    January 26, 2018