Il Buco

Il Buco

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Please note: This was screened in June 2022

Michelangelo Frammartino
Claudia Candusso, Mila Costi, Nicola Lanza
93 mins, Subtitled, 2021, Italy
Primary language

Ten years after his celebrated and much-loved last film Le Quattro Volte, Michelangelo Frammartino returns with this meticulous and engrossing true story of cave mapping in Calabria.

During the economic boom of the 1960s, Europe’s highest building is being built in Italy’s prosperous North. At the other end of the country, young speleologists explore Europe’s deepest cave in the untouched Calabrian hinterland. The bottom of the Bifurto Abyss, 700 metres below Earth, is reached for the first time. The intruders’ venture goes unnoticed by the inhabitants of a small neighbouring village, but not by the old shepherd of the Pollino plateau whose solitary life begins to interweave with the group’s journey…

With the gentlest of strokes, Il Buco examines the unknown depths and mysteries of the universe, life and death, progress and tradition, and parallels two great voyages to the interior. This is a spellbinding film made for the big screen - enjoy.