With a treatment that borders on the children's fable only to dive in a zone of mysteries and constant strangeness, Sicilian Ghost Story tells the tale of a teenage romance in a natural environment -which, of course, is exposed to every savage danger that inhabits it-.
A strange leaking sound, amplified and juxtaposed with other unidentifiable noises, triggers the spectator's imagination and takes it to mystery. Where is that sound coming from? Why does it sound like that? Those questions are strengthen when we see its source and the images and mounting takes us to Giuseppe, a teenager who has just left school. A few meters away, Luna -interpreted by Julia Jedlikowska- spies on him, secretly follows him. And during the journey, we discover the kids are not alone: the town animals are around and they might not be that friendly.
Italian directors Fabio Gassadonia and Antonio Piazza shot in their motherland a tale that fluctuates between light and darkness, between what is said and what is implied, between calm and violence. Owls, horses, chipmunks, birds and dogs seem to warn about something that is not yet defined, a potential tragedy.
Through audiovisual techniques that constantly allude to the idea of the uncanny -in the Freudian sense- and a teenage love story as the wandering subplot, Sicilian Ghost Story resorts to natural scenery -the woods, the meadows, caves, cliffs- to arise a sense of strangeness and discomfort, even when those places are of an outstanding beauty. And as a symbol that blends all those elements is color blue. In the water, in Luna's transformation, in Sicilian skies and in that dusk that seems to be determined to devour it all.
Today, wed 22, 9.50 pm, ALD 3