Italy / 1995 / 40'
The film, begun in 1993, shows the last examples of past mountain life still present in Val Daone (Western Trentino). It shows the daily life of a shepherd, Albino Brisaghella, nicknamed «El Mastai», from one winter to another. Mastai’s only concern is to survive with his five sheep and to satisfy his cruel and constant hunger.
Ugo Slomp has been a director at Italy’s State broadcaster RAI since 1977; he is also a musician. After he had completed his classical studies, he went on to graduate in the oboe with top marks. He specialised in baroque music at the Accademie de Musique Ancienne di Clisson, France. He is also a music critic and an expert in the relationship between sound and image. He has made experimental videos for RAI, including Video ergo sum opus videothronica (1988) and Finale Rosso (1992). Among his films are El Nene, la morte della Valle (2006) and Alè, Bigia, Alè (2005).