CAVEMAN

THE HIDDEN GIANT

THE STORY

A cave in the Apuan Alps, 650 meters underground, is home to the deepest work of art in the world. It portrays a marble colossus, a naked giant asleep in the heart of Earth, which the sculptor Filippo Dobrilla has been working on for more than 30 years in absolute solitude in the darkness of the cave.

What drives an artist to descend into one of the deepest abysses of Europe to achieve his most ambitious work, yet inaccessible to the eyes of men? This is the question which Caveman wants to answer, tracing Filippo’s youthful homosexual passions, his need for isolation, his idea of a pure and uncompromising art.

For him plunging into the darkness of the cave means seeking refuge in a place where he can feel free, protected and distant from the prejudice and influences of contemporary society. But the unexpected discovery of a tumour will radically change his life. Once again Filippo will find himself sliding in the darkness, this time there is no way of returning to the light.

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credits

directed by Tommaso Landucci
written by Tommaso Landucci
Damiano Femfert
DOP Francesca Zonars
sound Gina Keller
editor Loredana Cristelli
original music Marcel Vaid
creative producer Dario Zonta
produced by Marco Visalberghi
Doclab, Italy
Ivan Madeo
Contrast Film, Switzerland 
commissioning editor Silvana Bezzola Rigolini
SRF
Sven Wälti
SRG SSR 
world sales Deckert Distribution
directed by Tommaso Landucci
written by Tommaso Landucci
Damiano Femfert
DOP Francesca Zonars
sound Gina Keller
editor Loredana Cristelli
original music Marcel Vaid
creative producer Dario Zonta
produced by Marco Visalberghi
Doclab, Italy
Ivan Madeo
Contrast Film, Switzerland 
commissioning
editor
Silvana Bezzola Rigolini
SRF
Sven Wälti
SRG SSR 
world sales Deckert Distribution

Cave special unit by La Venta Esplorazioni Geografiche

Director: Tullio Bernabei, Photography: Mattia Bernabei

Tommaso Landucci 

DIRECTOR

Tommaso Landucci was born in Lucca, Tuscany, in 1989. He was selected for the directing course at the C.S.C. in Rome, the Italian National Cinema School. He worked as an assistant director for Claudio Giovannesi on Alì Blue Eyes and for Luca Guadagnino on A Bigger Splash. During this experience he also met director James Ivory, who became his mentor and executive producer of his first feature film called The Levitants. He is currently working on two projects: “Re Di Venere”, written together with Michela Murgia and “I figli della scimmia”, prize finalist at the Solinas Award.

the origin of the film

L’ABISSO

A SHORT FILM BY TOMMASO LANDUCCI

“I heard about Filippo Dobrilla by chance when, in a tiny village of the Apuan Alps, in Tuscany, two hunters talked about a statue sculpted in the very heart of the marble mountains. Nobody has seen the statue. It depicts – I was told – a naked man, lying down, over 10 feet tall. I thought it was just a local legend…”

Director Tommaso Landucci remembers how this short film came to life, a real investigation among the marble diggers, the inhabitants of the mountain, collectors and family members, around the mystery of a venture Fitzcarraldo style. The fascination for the Tuscan artist led to the feature film Caveman.

Filippo Dobrilla

The artist and his works

The descent into the cave

Caveman at Venice

Tuesday 07 September 2021
21:30 Sala Laguna Public, free entrance V.O. ITA sub ENG

Reservation required on giornatedegliautori.com

Wednesday 08 September 2021
15:00 Cinema Rossini, Veniceù

The film will be available on the MyMovies platform for 72 hours from September 8TH at 19:00.

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