27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Andrea Dalpian
original title: Il Contatto
country: Italy
year: 2021
running time: 71 min.


This documentary film is made without words, music, and usually even without human presence. At the beginning, we see in detail a small wolf cub that some people found abandoned in a forest and are now taking to a rescue station by car. Then pure observational methods are used to develop the light-hearted story of two such wolves during their forced stay in captivity until such time that they are returned to the wild. The structure of the film is based only on the changing times of day and yearly seasons. Everything else is open to the viewer’s interpretation of animal behavior, chiefly during the wolves’ interaction with other representatives of their own species and in both familiar and unknown surroundings.

"A reintegration experiment in the wild never attempted in Europe, this time crowned with success despite normally imprinting on humans condemning wolves recovered when they were still cubs to perennial captivity."


Andrea Dalpian (1976) was born in Genoa but now lives and works in Bologna. He is a member of the Italian POPCult production company, in which he participates chiefly as a cinematographer and director. He has made a number of short films and videoclips, but also specializes in the documentary, film, and television genres.

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director: Andrea Dalpian
producer: Giusi Santoro
photography: Andrea Dalpian
editing: Giusi Santoro, Andrea Dalpian
sound Design: Diego Schiavo
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