Italy. A survey – or maybe, a tomography – of the global body of the Country, from the geo-physical and environmental point of view to the economic and manufacturing issues, from the socio-demographic and housing situation to the anthropological and cultural aspects. The story of a territory in its current appearance, told by sole music and images; a domestic atlas of (sometimes) unappreciated wonders, of familiar and beloved places, although often forgotten. And also, the story of people living in a highly stratified environment, between the still usable grandeur of the past and the seeming stasis of the present day. Despite everything, Italy is a country in constant transformation, struggling in the difficult race for a sustainable development, problematically suspended between the Old and the New, searching for a difficult balance to safeguard its own èthos.
“I realize that Italian cinema, including myself of course, has not told anything about Italy. Thanks to the movies we know many things about the US. But regarding Italy, we know nothing at all”.
These words of Federico Fellini – taken from the short introduction to the screenplay of “The Voice of the Moon” – may probably encapsulate the secret origin of Amate sponde: the desire, and at the same time the urge, to portray my country in its current appearance. Italy, in spite of everything, is a country in constant transformation, divided by the contradictions between future and backwardness, between innovative drives and outdated traditions. With illustrious and inspiring examples, such as the splendid “Journey in Italy” (1984) by Luigi Ghirri, in which the great photographer from Emilia conceives an extraordinary project-manifesto to “revive the image of the Italian landscape". Amate sponde aims to show it, with a rational and atthe same time emotional attitude, devoid of rhetoric and far from stereotypes and journalistic celebrations, without hierarchies in dealing with the complexity of the places and their human issues. And, above all, without nostalgia.