Italian Spotting 1998



Country: Italy
Year: 1998
Duration: 53'

Val Pellice and the people who live there, some after many generations.

"I went to Val Pellice last winter in search of hospitality, and slowly but surely I entered into the world of the valley. I went looking for people who have lived there for a long time, since forever, and I started to film them at work. I chose the most elderly people, those who still are there (and who knows for how much longer), and I filmed their movements, their repetitive gestures, as they did their chores. I tried to imprint on the film the inhabitants who had chosen, or who had inherited, a certain lifestyle and who, despite the difficulites, had decided to carry on.
For me, it was a fundamental and regenerating experience to immerse myself in the reality of Val Pellice and to stay with people who knew they belonged to a world whose existence is continuously threatened by the so-called civilization of today. I hope that all this comes out in La vena imperfetta. Besides this documentary, I also shot a narrative film, Tutto quello che hai, which combines fiction and documentary" (T. De Bernardi).


film director

Tonino De Bernardi

Tonino De Bernardi (Chivasso, Turin, Italy, 1937) was an underground filmmaker from 1967 to 1983. He shot his first “official” feature in 1987: the film Elettra (based on Sophocles’ tragedy), produced by RAI3, involved the participation of non-professional actors from Casalborgone, where he worked as a middle school teacher until 1992. Viaggio a Sodoma (1988) was the co-winner, with Jean-Luc Godard’s film, of the World Wide Video Festival in Den Hag. He participated at the Venice Film Festival in competition with Appassionate (1999), and in Orizzonti with Médée miracle (2007), starring Isabelle Huppert. A restless filmmaker overflowing with projects, he makes at least a film a year. In 2018, together with his wife Mariella, he’s also protagonist of Teresa Villaverde’s O termómetro de Galileu, presented at TFF, in Onde section.


filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
Dei (1968-1969), Il quadrato (1971-1972), Il rapporto coniugal parentale (1973-1976), L’io e le aggregazioni (1977-1979), Donne (1980-1982), Piccoli orrori (1994), Fiori del destino (1997), Appassionate (1999), Rosatigre (2000), La strada nel bosco (2001), Farelavita (2001), Lei (2002), Le cinéma dans tous ses états (ep. Terra, cm, 2002), Serva e padrona (2003), Latitudini (2003), Marlene de Sousa (2004), Passato presente (2005), Accoltellati (Accoltellatori) (2006), Médée miracle (2007), Pane/Piazza delle camelie (2008), Butterfly - L’attesa (2010), Ed è così. Circa. Più o meno (2011), Casa dolce casa (2012), Hotel de l’Univers (2013), Jour et nuit - Delle donne e degli uomini perduti (2014), Il sogno dell’India - Quarant’anni dopo (2015), Ifigenia in Aulide (2018) Resurrezione (2019)


& Credits

Regia, soggetto e fotografia: Tonino De Bernardi.
Editor: Roberta Canepa.
Production company: Gianluca Arcopinto, piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice 27, 00153 Roma, Italy, tel. +39-6-5745004, +39-6-5755242.