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L'isola che c'era

In 1954, legendary italian neorealist director Renato Dall’Ara shot his first short film, helped by a group of friends and communist Polesian cinema lovers. Being self-taught, he started the project almost just for fun about a fact which happened in Scano Boa, a thin, 5 kilometers long, sandy island full of mediterranean flora, the last one separating the Po river delta from the Adriatic sea. 60 years later, Lamberto Morelli is the last survivor of that troupe.

Nel 1954 il regista rodigino Renato Dall’Ara, con l’aiuto di un gruppo di amici e compagni comunisti cinefili polesani, realizza da autodidatta e quasi per gioco il suo primo cortometraggio, ispirato ad un fatto di cronaca avvenuto poche settimane prima a Scano Boa, ultima lingua di sabbia e macchia mediterranea in forma di isola lunga circa cinque chilometri a separare il delta del Po dall’Adriatico. 60 anni dopo, Lamberto Morelli è l’unico sopravvissuto di quella troupe.

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A bit more than a year ago Vittorio Sega - President of the Adria Film Club and former Senator for the Italian Communist party from 1983 to 1987 - reminded me about the upcoming 60th anniversary of "Scano Boa", the very first short filmaking attempt by legendary italian neorealist director Renato Dall'Ara. In those days of April 2013, the city of Rovigo breathed the atmosphere of mourning for the loss of 91 years old Giancarlo Morelli, a pivotal figure for the Polesian Communist party: MP and Mayor of Rovigo during the huge Po river flood of 1951. The impending funeral turned out as a fortunate event, because it was able to bring to Rovigo the brother Lamberto, who travelled from Rome where he lives with his wife for more than 40 years. Lamberto Morelli is the sole survivor of the group of friends and fellow party comrades that in 1954, in the wake of the enthusiasm of Renato Dall'Ara, shot a short we consider to this day a sort of Polesian "La sortie de l'usine Lumière". The footage from 1954 and the nowadays reflections by Lamberto Morelli about the world's last 60 years create a comparing space thanks to the actual Scano Boa images. This uninhabited island is at the complete mercy of storms, an edgy piece of land where everything seems to be already happened and where everything seems possible at the same time.




Copyright © 2014 Alberto Gambato

Previous screenings

26 May – 28 May | Venice, Italy
Brescello Festival Mondo Piccolo Cinematografico | 2015
20 Jun – 23 Jun | Italy

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