ROBINSON IN LAGUNA

by Mario Brenta
ROBINSON IN LAGUNA - ROBINSON IN LAGUNA

Informations

Nation: Italy

Year: 1985

Length: 24'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

The island of Poveglia is one of sixty-four islands in the Venetian Lagoon that was once the site of a hospital and is now deserted. Brothers Gildo and Luigi Scarpi go there every day, crossing the lagoon, to cultivate their land. Their days are filled with ancient rituals, repeated in the quiet of the uninhabited island, far from the clamor of the city. If the fog comes in late in the day, the two brothers sleep on the island, in their parents’ former house. An episode from the Rai television series Di paesi, di città.

Director

Mario Brenta

Mario Brenta

Mario Brenta (Venice, Italy, 1942), after studying engineering and working in advertising, entered the world of film as an assistant director in 1962. After making various shorts, in 1974 he debuted in feature films with  Vermisat, which was presented in Venice. Over the following years, he worked in TV for Rai, Sept-Arte, and Antenne 2 (France) and the Svenka Film Institute (Sweden), directing films such as Jamais la vie! (1983), presented at Cannes; Effetto Olmi (1982); and Robinson in laguna (1985), which, like his following movie, Maicol (1988), was produced by the laboratory Ipotesi Cinema, run by Ermanno Olmi, and for which Brenta also worked as an animator. Maicol won the prize Film et jeunesse at Cannes, where his next movie Barnabo delle montagne (1994) was presented in competition. A professor of film studies at the University of Padua and at Cinecittà, he returns to cinema every now and then, directing documentaries with Karine de Villers.

Filmography:
Sunset Boulevard? (cm, 1969), Millecinquecentotrentuno (cm, 1969), Il tesoro di Mario (doc., tv, 1970), Vermisat (1975), Effetto Olmi (doc., 1982), Jamais de la vie! (doc., 1983), Robinson in laguna (cm, doc., tv, 1985), Maicol (1989), Barnabo delle montagne (1994), Calle de la Pietà (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2010), Agnus Dei (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2012), Corpo a corpo (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2014), Delta Park (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2016), Il sorriso del gatto (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2018).

Cast and Credits

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Mario Brenta
interpreti/cast
Gildo Scarpi, Luigi Scarpi
produzione/production
IpotesiCinema, Istituto Paolo Valmarana, Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana

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contatti/contacts
RAI Teche
www.teche.rai.it

Director statement

“In the film at a certain point there is a sequence of a man, alone in his boat, on the great mirror of the Venetian Lagoon. When I first saw this scene, I noticed nothing special: on the contrary, I felt as it were perhaps excessively slow, a sense almost of annoyance… But the longer that image remained on the screen, the more fascinated I became. In the solitude of that lagoon, flat and grey as the sky, every stroke of the oar, the very act of rowing, became greater, acquiring a dramatic perfection that seemed to fuse perfectly with the sense of life itself.” (Ermanno Olmi)

Synopsis Learn more

The island of Poveglia is one of sixty-four islands in the Venetian Lagoon that was once the site of a hospital and is now deserted. Brothers Gildo and Luigi Scarpi go there every day, crossing the lagoon, to cultivate their land. Their days are filled with ancient rituals, repeated in the quiet of the uninhabited island, far from the clamor of the city. If the fog comes in late in the day, the two brothers sleep on the island, in their parents’ former house. An episode from the Rai television series Di paesi, di città.

Director All about direction

Mario Brenta

Mario Brenta

Mario Brenta (Venice, Italy, 1942), after studying engineering and working in advertising, entered the world of film as an assistant director in 1962. After making various shorts, in 1974 he debuted in feature films with  Vermisat, which was presented in Venice. Over the following years, he worked in TV for Rai, Sept-Arte, and Antenne 2 (France) and the Svenka Film Institute (Sweden), directing films such as Jamais la vie! (1983), presented at Cannes; Effetto Olmi (1982); and Robinson in laguna (1985), which, like his following movie, Maicol (1988), was produced by the laboratory Ipotesi Cinema, run by Ermanno Olmi, and for which Brenta also worked as an animator. Maicol won the prize Film et jeunesse at Cannes, where his next movie Barnabo delle montagne (1994) was presented in competition. A professor of film studies at the University of Padua and at Cinecittà, he returns to cinema every now and then, directing documentaries with Karine de Villers.

Filmography:
Sunset Boulevard? (cm, 1969), Millecinquecentotrentuno (cm, 1969), Il tesoro di Mario (doc., tv, 1970), Vermisat (1975), Effetto Olmi (doc., 1982), Jamais de la vie! (doc., 1983), Robinson in laguna (cm, doc., tv, 1985), Maicol (1989), Barnabo delle montagne (1994), Calle de la Pietà (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2010), Agnus Dei (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2012), Corpo a corpo (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2014), Delta Park (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2016), Il sorriso del gatto (coregia/codirector Karine de Villers, doc., 2018).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, soggetto, sceneggiatura/director, story, screenplay
Mario Brenta
interpreti/cast
Gildo Scarpi, Luigi Scarpi
produzione/production
IpotesiCinema, Istituto Paolo Valmarana, Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana

**
contatti/contacts
RAI Teche
www.teche.rai.it

Director statement Read more

“In the film at a certain point there is a sequence of a man, alone in his boat, on the great mirror of the Venetian Lagoon. When I first saw this scene, I noticed nothing special: on the contrary, I felt as it were perhaps excessively slow, a sense almost of annoyance… But the longer that image remained on the screen, the more fascinated I became. In the solitude of that lagoon, flat and grey as the sky, every stroke of the oar, the very act of rowing, became greater, acquiring a dramatic perfection that seemed to fuse perfectly with the sense of life itself.” (Ermanno Olmi)