documentary, 52’, Italy, 4k. In production
A film by Alberto Gemmi
A co-production between Italy and France: ZID Films, Arci Emilia-Romagna, Bjcem
Partner: Goethe Institute
Curator: Claudio Zecchi
With the artistic contribution of: Archivio Zeta
Built between 1962 and 1967, the Futapass German War Cemetery is situated between Bologna and Florence. It is the largest German military cemetery in Italy. It holds over 32,000 bodies of German soldiers fallen on Italian soil during the Second World War. The Futapass German War Cemetery by Dieter Oesterlen, represents a perfect synthesis between architecture, sculpture and landscape, detaching itself from the rhetoric that had characterized preceding German memorial monuments. For this reason it may be considered one of the most successful European designs of its kind.
The purpose of this documentary-film is that of understanding the density of meanings produced by this monument-place and how, in relation to this principal objective, its functions have been modified through time. At the core of our visual and documentary research is the observation of the elements that move in this space and how their activities relate to the cyclical nature of the seasons.
OGNI OPERA DI CONFESSIONE / All Confession Oeuvre
documentary, 67’, Italy, Full Hd, 2015
A film by Alberto Gemmi and Mirco Marmiroli
In collaboration with: Emilia-Romagna Film Commission
Curators: Marco Trulli and Claudio Zecchi
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE at Visions du Réel 2016 - Switzerland
Ogni Opera di Confessione / All Confession Oeuvre is a work focusing on the density of times, relations and memories that come out when penetrating an empty space. The void of a productive area, a big abandoned city-factory, a wreckage of the twentieth century just laying there, motionless at the end of a long journey. But people walk around the voids, swarm as the leftovers of a great story, like Japanese soldiers refusing to leave the trench despite evident defeat. Officine Meccaniche Reggiane never materialize in their whole, if not in a few frames. The entire film is actually an approaching strategy to the space, making light on a plurality of persons and individual communities living at the edges of the void. Religious communities (Pentecostal or Islamic) are the proves of the big change brought about by immigration for what concerns the transformation of districts surrounding Reggiane. A number of characters, viewpoints hinged on two silent tales that evolve during the film and are told through simple and everyday movements of the characters.
Ogni Opera di Confessione / All Confession Oeuvre is a complex object. It is a work standing on the formal certainty of film language, which is capable, at the same time, of dealing with and moving contents that, in a quasiplastic way, refer to a time, a space and gestures not belonging to the specificity of that language and embracing other languages: sculpture, installation, performance, even painting for what concerns the use of colors and portraits.
SINAI - Another step on earth
documentary, 29’, Croatia/Italy, Hd and 16mm, 2014
A film by Alberto Gemmi and Enrico Masi
With: Ivana and Sinai Zaninovic
Voice: Leila Amacker
In collaboration with: University of Bologna, University of Zadar
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE at Torino Film Festival 2014 - Italy
West Venice, East Constantinople.The tale of a man living at the periphery of the empire, on the croatian archipelago. A decision is to be made, on our imaginary roundabout in the middle of nowhere. The village of Velo Grablje with its five last inhabitants, disappears within fog and waves, in a region at the end of a global Europe.There is also a female voice, standing as the Delphi’s oracle. A woman born in Morocco who decided to live on this island of Hvar. If a man exists or not, this is our quest. Maybe the quest for a man to be found, or just a story representing him.
War, death, and the heritage of socialism, through the relationship between Ivana, one generation ahead, and his uncle, born Sinai Zaninovic.