CRITICISM – Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, this film looks back on a famous caving expedition in Calabria.
In a village in Calabria, residents watch television on a set set out in an alley under the stars. A black and white report praises the construction of the Pirelli skyscraper in Milan by the architect Gio Ponti, symbol of the Italian economic miracle. The cameraman is perched on the basket that rises along the facade. This ascent is followed by a dive into the center of the Earth.
He drunk, special jury prize at the Venice Film Festival, retraces the first exploration in 1961 of the Bifurto chasm in Calabria by a group of young speleologists, originally from Piedmont. The second deepest cave in the world (almost 700 meters). A discovery that Michelangelo Frammartino, filmmaker of decline or at least of sobriety, stages with an austerity that does not exclude malice.
There is something burlesque about Tati in his way of filming the arrival of speleologists in the village and on the plateau of Pollino among cows and shepherds. A little…