27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Francesco Montagner
original title: Asterión
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
year: 2022
running time: 15 min.


In 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


Italian 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.

more about film

director: Francesco Montagner
producer: Veronika Kührová, Michal Kráčmer
photography: Michal Babinec
editing: Jorge Sanchéz Calderon
koproducent: Henrieta Cvangová, Juraj Krásnohorský
výkonný producent: Valerio Mendoza Guillén
výprava: Pilar Angulo, Claudia Cazzorla
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