THE RELIEF AND THE PAINFUL THORN
2001 / 7’16”
- by Elisabetta Sgarbi e Paolo Mosca
- with Manlio Sgalambro
- editing by Guido Sagramoso
The philosopher Manlio Sgalambro is reading some passages from his works (La consolazione, Trattato dell'età, Nietsche - Frammenti di una biografia per versi e voce). A short performance, as Sgalambro puts it himself, divided into three acts, intermingled by someone's footsteps (anxiety's). In the first, Sgalambro declaims aloud some pieces about love (cynical love); in the second, he brings up a discussion about relief while, in the last one, ( out of frame) he introduces its "pop", variety show aspect by singing Trenet's La mer . Once again, the sound of footsteps while the film fades to black. From the very beginning, the leitmotif is dualism. Sgalambro and himself, Sgalambro and his shadow. The protagonist of the short is, together with the readings, his face. A face hopelessly streaked with the signs of the time, yet still impressively vivid, in motion, a landscape in itself.
selected at Fano Film Festival 2001