A profound meditation on time and landscape from Michelangelo Frammartino (Le Quatro Volte), Il Buco is transformative, poetic cinema at its very finest.
In 1961 the tallest building in Italy was being built in the prosperous North, meanwhile Europe’s deepest cave system was being uncovered in the South; as the caving team descend beneath the earth, an ageing shepherd overlooks the land.
Frammartino’s beautiful film unfolds with a meditative patience that transforms its peaceful observation of landscape into a more metaphysical contemplation of time.
Not unlike his previous film, Le Quatro Volte (2010), Il Buco suggests a vision of environmental ambience in which gentle rhythms of attention invite the viewer towards a poetic experience of nature and its temporality – from which arises a living portrait of temporality and its nature.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, this long-awaited return from Frammartino (whose last film was released more than a decade ago) is utterly immersive, cerebral cinema.
Between anthropological documentary and spiritual communion, Frammartino occupies a unique space in cinema that, in a distressingly loud and distracted world, seems increasingly akin to a form of healing.