Sometimes life tells you to stop and take a deep breath. So it happens that you are in your thirties and you leave your town, your friends, your family and your favourite supermarket, too. You start swimming in the sea and you reach an island called Salina, somewhere magic not far from the mainland of Sicily, with two volcanoes and a wonderful landscape. But it’s summertime and there are tourists and noise all around, when you just need peace and silence.
An odd idea comes to your mind: I’m going to stay here for the rest of the year and see what happens when the last ship sails away. Who lives here when the rain falls hard and the sand is cold? Are there secret stories that nobody knows? What’s happiness for fishermen and what do their wives cook for dinner? And the children, is it really so strange to grow up in the waves?
That fairytale, which is what we all dream of when we are freaking out in the car during rush hour as we try to reach home, is the basis of One Year’s Remainder, a documentary shot by Michele Di Salle. There are no words to listen to, only the sounds of nature. You don’t even need to watch it, you could just smell and touch it. Take a look at the trailer and you’ll soon understand why.
Prescreened in Italy at the Torino Cinemambiente Festival, Chinese people are getting serious about it. They wanted the documentary for the Shanghai International Film Festival and that’s where you can go and literally feel it from June 16 – 24.
Please remember not to take your swimsuit with you, there’s no summer there!