RED ASHES

by Augusto Contento, Adriano Aprà

France/Italy, 2013, 60', colour

 

 

Red Ashes is a documentary which explores poetical, mystical and visionary aspects of the island of Stromboli and the film made in 1950 by Roberto Rossellini, Stromboli, terra di Dio. It uses archive footage from the restored print of Rossellini’s film, together with sequences from documentaries shot by De Seta in the Aeolian Islands, and home movies by Ingrid Bergman not previously screened in public. The protagonists of Red Ashes are four islanders – two of whom were directly involved on set in 1950 – and the film critic Adriano Aprà, a leading authority on the work of the neorealist director.

 

 

Augusto Contento, Adriano Aprà

Augusto Contento was born in 1973 in Lanciano, Italy. Since 2000 he lives in Paris, where he creates with Giancarlo Grande the cinema production company Cineparallax. His first documentary ONIBUS wins the Best Italian Documentary Award at Bellaria Festival.  The second, TRAMAS and the third, TRANSPARENT ROADS, long documentaries are both selected at Locarno Film Festival and at BAFICI of Buenos Aires. ROADS OF WATER is presented at Rome Film Festival.  Augusto becomes the first director to be distributed worldwide by UNESCO. His sixth movie, Parallax Sounds wins the UCCA Award at Turin Film Festival and is selected at Reykjavik Film Festival and at IndieLisbõa.                                                                                               Adriano Aprà, born in 1940 in Rome, is the leading Italian critique of cinema, the founder and editor of "Cinema e Film" magazine. He teaches cinema studies at the University of Rome Torg Vergata and is the scholar of Jean-Luc Godard, André Bazin, Andy Warhol and Roberto Rossellini.

 

Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival 2013

Year: 
2013
Duration: 
60'

Augusto Contento, Adriano Aprà

Augusto Contento was born in 1973 in Lanciano, Italy. Since 2000 he lives in Paris, where he creates with Giancarlo Grande the cinema production company Cineparallax. His first documentary ONIBUS wins the Best Italian Documentary Award at Bellaria Festival.  The second, TRAMAS and the third, TRANSPARENT ROADS, long documentaries are both selected at Locarno Film Festival and at BAFICI of Buenos Aires. ROADS OF WATER is presented at Rome Film Festival.  Augusto becomes the first director to be distributed worldwide by UNESCO. His sixth movie, Parallax Sounds wins the UCCA Award at Turin Film Festival and is selected at Reykjavik Film Festival and at IndieLisbõa.                                                                                               Adriano Aprà, born in 1940 in Rome, is the leading Italian critique of cinema, the founder and editor of "Cinema e Film" magazine. He teaches cinema studies at the University of Rome Torg Vergata and is the scholar of Jean-Luc Godard, André Bazin, Andy Warhol and Roberto Rossellini. 

Poster: 
Country: 
France France
Italy Italy
Synopsis: 

  Red Ashes is a documentary which explores poetical, mystical and visionary aspects of the island of Stromboli and the film made in 1950 by Roberto Rossellini, Stromboli, terra di Dio. It uses archive footage from the restored print of Rossellini’s film, together with sequences from documentaries shot by De Seta in the Aeolian Islands, and home movies by Ingrid Bergman not previously screened in public. The protagonists of Red Ashes are four islanders – two of whom were directly involved on set in 1950 – and the film critic Adriano Aprà, a leading authority on the work of the neorealist director.  

Festivals: 

Locarno International Film Festival 2013

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