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Giovanni, a man in his late years, has lost his daughter. The city cannot console him. Frustrated, petrified and locked in his grief, he returns to the places of his childhood, where he had experienced the loss of his father. The olive trees and oaks of Basilicata (Italy), as well as the encounter with a child, bring memories back to him... the loud howlings and lamentations of the ritual cry in a peasant’s home on the same day his father died; the ancient and silent ritual of hugging a friend tree, with men shaking the tree to make sure that its leaves did not fall for the grief; the dramatic storytelling of a traditional tale about death to children and adults, all hanging onto every word and stunned. Gradually, he can feel something happening in his heart. His dead child-daughter shows up in his dreams and he tells her the mythical story of the Genesis. Eventually he decides to hug a friend tree and confide him his tragic and unutterable secret. He also opens the doors of his house, once closed and solitary. Through the wide opened doors and windows you catch a glimpse of people visiting him to share the joy for the return of hope. Will it be possible, together with them, to make death die?



Copyright © 2012 Intergea

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Sedicicorto: International Film Festival Forlì
5 Oct – 12 Oct | Forlì, Italy

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