Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the countryside of Southern Italy, to the village of Satriano. Historically, men of the town would cover themselves with ivy, transforming into strange, ghost-like walking trees. This ancestral arboreal rite, nearly forgotten as newer generations gradually lost interest, celebrated the connection between man and nature while costuming the men for Carnevale. In a triumphant reclamation of the old ways, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) captures the majesty of this ceremony via his singular cinematic artistry. This dynamic installation is both a mesmerizing homage to nature and breathtaking union of sound and image.
In collaboration with: Rai Cinema, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Sensi Cinema, Sensi contemporanei, Azienda di Promozione Territoriale Regione Basilicata, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg
Wiith the support of: Ente Parco dell’Appennino Lucano – Val d’Agri – Lagonegrese, Lucana Film Commission, Comune di Armento, Comune di Satriano di Lucania
Work recognized of cultural interest by Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali Direzione Generale per il Cinema
This project supports Matera 2019. Candidate city European capital of culture
Alberi will run as an installation in the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 and will be free and open to the public from April 18 through the end of the festival (excluding Sundays).
Length: 28 minutes
Director: Michelangelo Frammartino
Producer: Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa for Vivo film and Philippe Bober for Essential Filmproduktion
Editor: Benni Atria
Cinematographer: Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
Executive Producer: Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa for Vivo film
Co-Producer: Federica Maria Bianchi for Snaporazverein and Elda Guidinetti and Andres Pfaeffli for ventura film
Set Designer and Costume: Gabriella Maiolo
Sound Men: Paolo Benvenuti and Simone Paolo Olivero
Sound Editor: Benni Atria
Sound Designer: Ansgar Frerich
MICHELANGELO FRAMMARTINO, born in Milan in 1968, is a video and installation artist widely recognized for his blending of technology and art. He has taught at Civica Scuola del Cinema and the University of Bergamo. His second feature, Le quattro volte, won the Europa Cinema Award at Cannes in 2010 and has screened in more than forty countries.