23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
De Sancto Ambrosio
The opening ten-minute sequence of the film raises a question whether something is about to happen or not. Nothing much is going to happen, though. Workers are working at a building site, kids are playing, tourists are sightseeing, a wedding and a funeral are in progress, followed by images of empty streets and perspectives of building rooftops – in brief, a microcosm. The film shows the town from a totally different perspective, laying out fragments of life of seemingly totally uninteresting people who simply go about their existence. The camera is set in motion without the passersby even noticing since it has been put in a strategic elevated spot. The whole movie consists purely of bird’s-eye view shots.
"I always had a fascination to go up the building's rooftops to contemplate the city. Spending one year on a medieval bell tower was like being in a time machine which made time into something tangible." A. Di Bias
Antonio Di Biase (1994) was born in Pescara and in 2012, he moved to Milan where he began studies in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. He is currently a second-year student at ZeLIG in Bolzano, focusing on documentary filmmaking. He has taken part in many festivals with his films, e.g. Collecchio Video Film Festival in Parma, International Melzo File Festival or Torino Film Festival. He is the author of films Cibus Trittico (2015) or Nuova Zita (2016).
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|script:||Antonio Di Biase|
|photography:||Antonio Di Biase|
|editing:||Maria Giovanna Cicciari, Antonio Di Biase|