Franco Arminio is a new writer on the Italian literary scene; he lives and works in eastern Irpinia, an area in the south of Italy. He has invented a new genre of literature and study: villageology, a fundamental field, yet an inexistent one. He roams abandoned or isolated villages that today are inhabited by people marginalised by society. He is a fisher of desolation and his wanderings are a search for the innocence and naivety of a world that was radically changed by the 1980 earthquake. This film is a journey through the life and world of Arminio, and it depicts a selection of the encounters the writer had in the villages of Irpinia and Lucania, embellished by his reflections on village life. He is the only one who manages to understand and capture this long-forgotten world of empty squares, dusty bars and deserted streets.
Andrea D’Ambrosio was born in 1975; he graduated in Directing from the New University of Cinema and Television, Rome. He co-directed Pesci Combattenti (2002) with Daniele Di Biasio, which won the Cipputi Award at the 20th Torino Film Festival. He also won the UNESCO Fellini Award at MEDFEST 2003, Ascea Marina. He was nominated for a David di Donatello Award in 2003–2004. His films have featured at both national and international film festivals where they have won an array of awards.