28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
director: Francesco Montagner
original title: Asterión
running time: 15 min.
synopsisIn this silent visual poem, the massive body of a bull appears on the table of a meticulous taxidermist, having died in the hot sun in the middle of a bullfighting arena. Working with the body of an untamed animal, the man is inwardly transformed and finds in the animal's skin a way to cope with his own mortality and the transience of life.
“It’s the story of a double fate, the one of the man and the one of the bull, both doomed to succumb to their own restless natures.”
Source: Director's Note
biographyItalian director Francesco Montagner (* 1989) studied documentary filmmaking at FAMU. His feature length film Animata resistenza (2014) was awarded Best Documentary on Cinematography at the Venice Film Festival and Brotherhood won the Best Czech Documentary at the 2021 Ji.hlava IDFF.
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