An event outside of the competition that in Calabria represents a “first.” After presenting its film on an international level in Locarno, Switzerland (Summer 2015), in Albania, Canada, Egypt and then in various parts of Italy (it was included in the 17th European Film Festival of Lecce and won the competition for Revelations of Italian Cinema as seen from Milan), finally “Asino Vola” arrived in Reggio Calabria, where the film is incidentally set.
The work of directors from Reggio, Paolo Tripodi and Marcello Fonte, inaugurated the tenth edition of the Pentedattilo Film Festival during with a matinee dedicated to primary schools, which was held in a cultural symbol of the city: theater Francesco Cilea.
“The Pentedattilo Film Festival represents for us an opportunity to see the film in our own city.” It sounds a bit between bitter and melancholy, Tripodi’s statement, that reveals a curiosity to see “how the audience connects with the film.”
A very good impression! With all eyes on the screen, it seems that the young students understood the message of the film: you dream of the impossible, and it’s possible to achieve it!
Shot between Bologna, at the municipal theater and Reggio, in Archi district, where story was born, “Asino Vola” is a film anchored in real life. There, amongst the dry river bed in the suburbs of Reggio, characterized by social and economic hardship, the protagonist (Francesco Tramontana) manages to, between opposing forces – Mosè, his friend the donkey, and ill tempered hen, Angiulina who always tries to put him down – achieve his dream.
An autobiographical film, as it unveils Tripodi, who actually lived in the Archi district. He too, in order to “make it,” made a thousand sacrifices and at eighteen went to study outside the city (he attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia di Roma and graduated in Directing).
Tripodi seems accustomed to look at the glass “half full” and when we allude to the neighborhood chosen for the film, which in the collective mind of Reggians represents “a high crime peripheral zone,” gives us a look of admonition: “Archi is no longer the degraded area that it once was.” The director tells us of important archaeological excavations have taken place in the area, where, in addition to the mandible belonging to a Neanderthal child of five or six years old, discovered by Adolfo Berdar and preserved today at the Italian Institute of Human Paleontology in Rome, there have been important finds as the remains of prehistoric animals and birds. An invitation to look beyond and differently, giving a different connotation to the territory in which we live (why, we ask, do you not make a movie! … Maybe it’ll be his next documentary film).
The rest of the film, in its extreme realism, is an invitation to hope.
“Asino Vola is not just a movie, we lived that story,” says Marcello Fonte. “I came here from Rome because I wanted to participate in the film’s debut in Reggio: it’s exciting to be able to open your local newspaper and see that they speak beautifully of Calabria.”
“Dreams are for everyone – he concluded – and it’s only right that each attempts to conquist them.”