Nino was a bricklayer and lived in the outskirts of Palermo with his family. Now he lives alone on top of a mountain and he is a prophet. He calls himself Isravele, the backward version of “elevarsi”, which in Italian means “to rise up”. Up there, on a barren mountain on the edge of the city, is his home: an old abandoned observatory that over the course of twenty years of tireless solitary work he has transformed into a portentous naive temple, considered one of the most impressive examples of outsider art in Europe. Isravele goes up and down every day with a backpack loaded with pebbles and concrete. It brings up what is below and thus purifies it. He transforms neglect into beauty, through a constant, almost inhuman work. This is his prayer, his message to the society that besieges him, down there: pilgrims and tourists threaten the peace of this place on the edge of the suburbs by going up to visit it in search of a photo or a selfie: they want to find out who this mysterious man is, who in the city is called the hermit.
Subtitles: Italian, English
Born in Florence in 1982, he graduated in Philosophy with Sergio Givone. He trained as a director in Paris, where he made his first short films. He then attended the course of Direction at CSC in Rome. His first feature length documentary, ROMA TERMINI, won the special mention of critics at the Rome Film Festival 2014.
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