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).