Appunti per un’Iliade (Isola dell’Asinara, febbraio 2022)
A film installation based on surveys on the island of Asinara, a penal colony until 1998.
Like the scene of a war without end, a Trojan war, only traces remain. Traces of deported lives, of lives not lived, of life in death, destined to die far away. Mario Trudu, a lifelong shepherd. Hector and the heroes of the Trojan War. The Austro-Hungarian soldiers of 1914, deported after a long march through the Balkans, suffering from typhus. Princess Selassie, daughter of the Emperor of Ethiopia, deported in 1936 by Mussolini with her youngest children and dignitaries. Traces remain, stones, clouds, goats, donkeys and horses, witnesses and survivors of these epics. The installation is an expanded montage, in space, between projected fragments – the montage aims to open up gaps between the images, and to go through these gaps to try to see something beyond the shadows of Plato’s cave.
Giovanni Cioni, “cineasta dell’invisibile”, ha vissuto tra Bruxelles, Parigi, Lisbona, Napoli. Vive ora nel Mugello, in Toscana. Tra i suoi film selezionati e premiati in vari festival internazionali: DAL PIANETA DEGLI UMANI (in anteprima al Festival di Locarno 2021, vincitore al Festival dei Popoli e al Premio Corso Salani al Festival di Trieste, nella selezione ai David di Donatello), NON è SOGNO, VIAGGIO A MONTEVIDEO, DAL RITORNO, PER ULISSE, GLI INTREPIDI, IN PURGATORIO.