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La creazione di significato

(The Creation of Meaning)
Canada/Italy 2014. Dir: Simone Rapisarda Casanova. 90 min. DCP

Part treatise on the spectre of history, part portrait of a vanishing existence, Rapisarda Casanova’s universally acclaimed sophomore feature was the centrepiece of New Directors/New Films 2015, co-curated by MoMA and Film Society of Lincoln Center. Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’s heady short story The Aleph, the documentary-fiction hybrid concerns an elderly shepherd whose plot of land in the rugged, remote Apennine mountains of Tuscany — former site of the Gothic Line, a Nazi bulwark during WWII — is up for sale. It’s a region still haunted by traumas of the past, making the property’s prospective buyer, a German, an irony of cosmic (and, no doubt, fictitious) proportions. Rapisarda Casanova, referencing Renaissance aesthetics, paints the movie with natural light and a warm, sfumato palette. The surprise inclusion of a film-within-a-film, shot by partisan re-enactors, is one of many moments of disarming levity in this wise, welcome work. “Majestic” (Melissa Anderson, Village Voice). In Italian with English subtitles.

Peter Dickinson, Director of the Institute for Performance Studies — Simon Fraser University, will introduce the screening of La creazione di significato.

Director Simone Rapisarda Casanova will be in attendance.

 

REVIEWS

"Casanova is right on the contemporary curve when it comes to his approach to documentary filmmaking."

Filmmaker Magazine | full review

"Heady and lyrical."

Slant Magazine | full review