In August 1961 a group of young speleologists visited the Calabrian tableland and its unspoilt inland area, exploring the underground spaces of an area in southern Italy that everyone is abandoning. They thus discover one of the deepest caves in the world, reaching a depth of 700 metres, the Abisso del Bifurto on the Pollino tableland, watched over only by an old shepherd, the sole witness in an unspoilt land. A tribute to director Michelangelo Frammartino, a jury member of the 70. Trento Film Festival.
Michelangelo Frammartino was born in Milan in 1968 to Calabrian parents. In 1991 he enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, where he developed a special interest in the relationship between the physical and constructed space of housing and the image. He continued to study the figurative realm at the Civica Scuola del Cinema in Milan, discovering a particularly rich vein of research in this period: the field of video installations. He alternates between works traditionally oriented towards cinema (a series of self-produced short films) and others specifically aimed at the visual arts (set designs for films, video clips and independent films, installations) and teaching. He made his feature film debut with Il dono (2003), presented at the Locarno Film Festival, followed in 2010 by Le quattro volte, which debuted at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, winning the Label Europa Cinemas. After the short documentary Alberi (2013) he returns to feature film with Il buco, Special Jury Prize of the Venice Film Festival 2021 competition.
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