For centuries in the Kyé valleys, the mountain are of Monregalese, and in the rest of southern Piedmont on the Western Alps, the chestnut tree has represented the essential element of subsistence. Today, when talking about this long period, it is referred to as “the civilization of the chestnut tree”. The film deals just with them, through their looks, their words and their moving passion. Stories of life, work and toil, but also unexpected moments of serene joy and authentic harmony. A memory that, in spite of the apparent pessimism of the elder, has left something for the new generations. The protagonists speak in Italian and in the variants of “Kyé”, a language belonging to the Alpine Provence linguistic family.
Sandro Gastinelli and Marzia Pellegrino have been married since 1991. In addition to their marriage they have also cultivated their passion for stories told through the images of the people in the Western Alps, where they live in the chestnut wood of Rosbella di Boves with their two children and only 3 other inhabitants. Their passion soon becomes their job, a continual research in the territory: in over ten years of activity they have shot about a dozen documentary and fictional films which have participated in some of the most renowned mountain film festivals, receiving several international awards in Trento, Cervinia, Les Diablerets and Autrans. In 2000 they “made up” the Rosbella Film Festenàl on their doorstep, “the smallest film festival in the world”. Since 2007 they have been artistic directors of the video-cinematographic section of Cuneo mountain festival. They participated in TrentoFilmfestival with Parla de Kyé (1997), Mari, monti e … gettoni d’oro (1999), Aiga d’en viage (2000), Arriverà il sole (2001) Pastres de Sambucanos (2002), Piròt, en fièt d’en bot (2003), A l’avirùn ed l’àibu (2003), Marghè marghìer (2005) and OSSignùr! La montagna assistita (2008).