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Aspromonte, the land of the past, when the Film investigates the inequalities

ROME – The film by Mimmo Calopresti, "Aspromonte, the land of the past", produced by Federica and Fulvio Lucisano (which appears in the final scenes), she cl

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Aspromonte, the land of the past, when the Film investigates the inequalities

ROME – The film by Mimmo Calopresti, "Aspromonte, the land of the past", produced by Federica and Fulvio Lucisano (which appears in the final scenes), she climbs in the last of the mountains of Sila, the more rugged Aspromonte, yet close to the sea, and the complaint as to the lack of infrastructure, electricity, assistance, can remove every form of dignity, in every time and in every part of the world in which the exploitation of man by man, becomes a reason of struggle for the liberation.

A way to not die: the story of the film . It is 1951, the war had just ended. If Italy is in tatters, Africo is the last spit before of incivility: there is no light, nor a road linking the towns on the coast, nor a doctor. When a woman dies in childbirth because the doctor is not coming, and explodes with anger. Led by Peppe (Francesco Colella), the inhabitants of Africo decide to build the road by themselves. But there are those who are opposed to: the mayor of the Navy (Francesco Siciliano), who despises and ignores the poverty, and Don Totò (Sergio Rubini), who wants to keep the power in the territory. The fight gets rough and the vicissitudes of the construction of the road become desire for redemption. “In my films, I often dwell on suggestions - says Calopresti - here, however, I have dedicated myself to the facts: the need to build a road”. The photography, the scenes, show pictures that show to the French Realism of Delacroix or Courbet, and the scenes of masses of calabrian recall Pellizza da Volpedo.

Marcello Source, the poet. The film Calopresti, adapted from the novel Via the Aspromonte (2017), Rubbettino Editore), Pietro Criaco, is set in the first world war, but it could be today, for her look tragic, yet sweet, on inequality. All the lightness is entrusted to a Teiresias modern played by Marcello Source: ethereal and tireless draftsman of the mountains that surround the life suspended between prevegenza and poetry.

A part for the whole. Mimmo Calopresti close to Africo and tells the story of poverty, abandonment of the institutions, the imposition of large estates, exploitation obstinate of the poorest people; self-consciousness, rebellion, full of dignity, liberation from the power of people who try to become citizens of the world, outside of the Aspromonte. Then, as those citizens of the world who have the hope of becoming free, in reality it will be the workers in the factories, in the mines, in the fields of the North of Italy, of Europe, of America the whole of Australia. And will be processed by the beasts, just as happens today, with migrants from Africa and the Middle East. All of this, Calopresti says it in an hour and a half of film. Where an air space is provided by a teacher, a blonde (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), of Como, who speaks a perfect Italian: an alien in Aspromonte.

“The choice of being with those in need of rights.” “The desire to build the road, it is an incentive, an excuse to say that you have to conquer it whatever you want - says Calopresti, it is never the power that grants it, you need to change perspective, to have confidence that hope, making a precise choice of fund: to be with those in need of rights. The idea of aligning with the past affects all of us. In my journey, this film wants to be close to a world that is mine, of my family. A popular world. While speaking of populism, I want to be popular - highlights Calopresti - this movie touches me particllarmente, it puts me close to my real audience: the people of the people".

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