Il buco

Il buco

Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
Country: Italy, France, Germany

German Premiere
2021 | 93 min. | Italian
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Paolo Cossi, Jacopo Elia, Denise Trombin, Nicola Lanza Screenplay_ Michelangelo Frammartino, Giovanna Giuliani Camera_ Renato Berta Producer_ Philippe Bober, Michelangelo Frammartino, Marco Serrecchia Rights_ Coproduction Office

Endless depths, majestic mountains and a curious donkey: Michelangelo Frammartino returns with a cinematic tour de force.

In 1961, a team of Italian speleologists sets out for southern Italy to explore one of the deepest caves in the world in an expedition lasting several days. Director Michelangelo Frammartino has now re-enacted this historic project, blurring the line between documentary observation and fictional staging as he descends into a sensuous realm. There is no need for dialogue here. The cave and the magnificent landscape of Calabria take on the leading role. When the light from the headlamps cuts into the darkness at the right moment, we see the damp, blood-red walls of the cave in the depths. Above, the calls of a shepherd penetrate the endless expanse. Below, a brightly shining torch gradually dims to a faint glimmer. ›Il buco‹ is one of the biggest cinematic events of this season.


Michelangelo Frammartino is an Italian director and screenwriter. His film ›Le quattro volte‹ (2010), which was also about the local people of Calabria, established him as a mainstay of European auteur cinema. His third feature film, ›Il buco‹ (2021), premiered in Venice.


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