by Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Country: Canada, Italy
Year: 2014
Duration: 90'

Toward the end of WWII in Tuscany’s Apuan Alps, German occupying forces massacre hundreds of civilians before retreating. There, among the reminders of the Resistance, Pacifico was born and raised. He is a shepherd whose only contact with the outside world is a radio which broadcasts news from a country that is increasingly foreign to him. But his isolation can’t protect him from the economic crisis; he is forced to sell his land and a German who lives in Pisa is a potential buyer.


film director

Simone Rapisarda Casanova

Simone Rapisarda Casanova (Sicily, Italy), a former computer researcher, received his bachelor’s and his master’s degree in film production, from Concordia University in Montreal and York University in Toronto, respectively. He then debuted as a director in 2002 with the short Ti con zero, which was followed by various documentaries. The Strawberry Tree is his first feature film and its world preview was held at the Locarno Film Festival, where he just won as best emerging director with The Creation of Meaning.


Ti con zero (cm, 2002), Through the Gate (cm, doc., 2003), Days of Shrub (cm, doc., 2004), Open Sea (cm, doc., 2005), Sweet Home (cm, doc., 2007), 14 Little Ads (cm, doc., 2008), Ephemeral City (cm, doc., 2009), Domani, il vento (cm, doc., 2010), Ladybug (cm, doc., 2010), El árbol de las fresas (doc., 2011), In the Room of Forgotten Words (2013), La creazione di significato (2014).


film director

“We have an ancient and insatiable need to make sense of the world that surrounds us by telling stories, even if we know that these stories are as fleeting as our own lives. My film tells a simple story that is itself both a collection and an echo of other stories. Viewers are invited to make up their own narrative thread and in thus doing so partake in an ephemeral creation of meaning together with the film’s characters and the filmmaker. The film’s title reminds us that only when the past, present and future meet can the all-too-human device we presumptuously call ‘meaning’ be created.”


& Credits

regia, fotografia, montaggio, suono/director, cinematography, film editing, sound
Simone Rapisarda Casanova
Pacifico Pieruccioni, Alexander Auf der Heyde, Benjamin Auf der Heyde, Siria Battelli, Bartolomeo Puccetti, Cinzia Bertuccelli, Maria Paola Casanova, Gruppo UIEI Pietrasanta, Coro Versilia, Andrea Taccetti, Francesco Marchetti, Diego Bonuccelli, Marco Bonuccelli, Marco Bondielli, Roberto Walter Colombini, Daniele Eschini, Alessandro Elmi, Massimiliano Pisano, Nellina Pieruccioni
Ibidem Films
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