Maria’s Silence by Cesare Bedogné

2017 film by Cesare Bedogné was part of the 4th BRFF official program. Now it is also on Illambra. We take a closer look.

“Darkly oneiric, deeply mysterious, sublimely beautiful and uncompromisingly lyrical, ‘Maria’s Silence’ is the most mesmerising, transcendentally cinematic film I’ve seen this evening at Berlin Revolution Film Festival” – Nikola Gocic


“Dreamlike, transcendent, transitional in tone and manner, contemplative, visually and aurally arresting, and truly cinematic in its grand scope, this 38-minute short from director/producer Cesare Bedogné, screened at the 2020 Berlin Revolution Film Festival, captures the pure essence of meditative, inward-focused awareness-seeking thematic explorations, doing so with an execution that dramatically draws the viewer into its web of elements both real and fantastical” – Kirk Fernwood

Maria’s Silence is a 2017 film by Cesare Bedogné featuring Maria Frepoli. The film was shot in Lesvos, Greece, in the period January-May 2017, editing completed in October 2017.

In the words of Cesare himself: “This film is based on documentary material but is not, strictly speaking, a documentary film. Nor it is a work of fiction. The film rather appeared to us like a dream, not a nocturnal dream, but one which unfolded day by day while shooting. A dream shared between the photographer-director and the actress (or, better, the woman portrayed in the feature), which nevertheless seemed to follow its own, enigmatic necessity through which the daily shots joined almost magnetically, interweaving in a pattern of superimposed layers that unceasingly merge and dissolve one in another, in the constant flux, crystallisation and reshaping of psychic interior. At a certain point, this dream seems to end but in fact it only opens up to another dream, or hallucination, where the film itself abruptly starts to burn, unleashing new and old visions – fragments of reality – until it is put out by a sudden storm and dissolves in a twilight of sea-waters. In this sense, the film is also a meditation on the elements, Water and Fire, Wind, Earth and Skin, inspired by a Sun-Eye that appeared almost by itself in one of the first shots and took possession of the narration, in the endless flow and unfathomable metamorphosis of all things and beings.”

Duration: 38 min.

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