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Until very recently the ancient practice of trenodìa (ritual crying) was common in Southern Italy. Dedicated not only to death, but to various social crises, it had a repairing and regenerating function for the community. In 2019, the brothers Mariangela and Vinicio Capossela proposed an update to this practice by extending it to the broader concept of “cultural death”, staging a ten day traveling public art performance, with the active participation of citizens from eight countries and three regions. Between painting, music and ritual, the film poetically tells the story of the processions between timeless landscapes, from the coast of Calabria to the Sassi of Matera.

A project by Boato\Danesin

directed and edited by Giulio Boato

written by Giulio Boato, Lorenzo Danesin
from the live-performance of Mariangela and Vinicio Capossela

sound and music Lorenzo Danesin

producer Laura Belloni

production Matera Capitale Europea della Cultura 2019

coproducer Sponzfest

Festivals 2021: Asolo Art Film Festival; Visioni Italiane (Bologna, Italy); Il rumore del Lutto (Parma, Italy); Matiff, (Matera, Italy)