“The engine of the towns” is a parable that, through the audio accounts recorded by Nuto Revelli in the 70s, describes the depopulation of the Cuneo mountain area, and uses current images. The film consists of two episodes. The first describes what remains of the abandoned places. All the accounts report the sense of isolation of the last inhabitants. The images testify the passing of time and show a completely wasted land. The second episode is about the clash between two contrasting ways of life: the mountain people and the town people’s way of living. It describes the thoughts and existence of a man who is now a worker but still cherishes the memory and experience of his mountain life. The images become the background to the witnesses’ experiences, whereas the two contrasting worlds become a metaphor for the inner contrast experienced by the people who have lived in these two places
Andrea Fenoglio graduated from the Saluzzo Institute of Art in 1996; he also completed an Arts degree, with a major in Filmmaking, in 2003. Since then he has worked in a range of sectors. In 2004 he started to make documentaries that focused on the relationship between humans and their environment, observing the complex web of environmental and social issues and the subsequent changes to the landscape. His films include "La vita è un lavoro" (2010); "Il viso" (2009) and "Taglio di ritorno" (2009).
Diego Mometti was born in 1977; he graduated in Modern Arts and founded the social art group Belgradostraat. After working with the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Turin, he began to look at art and new technology. In 2005, he ran a course in Aesthetics at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago. His films include "La vita è un lavoro" (2010); "Il motore delle città" (2008) and "Voci e luoghi dal mondo dei vinti" (2007).