Archive of films The Silence of Pelešjan / Il silenzio di Pelešjan
2011, 86 min
Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
Although now nearly forgotten, Armenian filmmaking genius Artavadz Pelešjan is the subject of an atmospheric mosaic by Pietro Marcello that looks into Pelešjan’s inventive approach to the use of film language. The documentary makes use of extensive archive material as well as clips from Pelešjan’s movies and from the ideologically kindred works of Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov. Two documentaries by Artavazd Pelešjan will be screened prior to the 50-minute movie.
Until 1983 when French critic Serge Daney introduced his work to the Western world, remarkable Armenian auteur Artavadz Pelešjan was virtually unknown to international film fans. A well-deserved tribute to the original Armenian filmmaker, however, had to wait for the attention of Italian documentarist Pietro Marcello. Using extensive archive material, as well as clips from Pelešjan’s movies and from the ideologically kindred works of Sergei Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov, the Italian moviemaker constructs an atmospheric mosaic that looks into Pelešjan’s inventive approach to the use of film language. Marcello’s imaginatively filmed and experimentally poetic black-and-white shots of Moscow, where Pelešjan sought to make a name for himself among Russia’s avant-garde, wonderfully complement the essence of this brilliant, yet nearly forgotten, filmmaker’s work. The picture premiered at the Venice IFF.
About the director
Pietro Marcello (b. 1976, Caserta, Italy) studied at Accademia di Belle Arti in Napoli. Filmography: Carta (2003), Scampia (2003), Il cantiere (2004), La baracca (2005), and Il passaggio della linea (2007). The documentary The Mouth of the Wolf (La bocca del lupo, 2009), his feature-length debut, was awarded at the Berlinale and at the Torino FF, and also screened in the documentary competition at KVIFF in 2010.
About the film
|Section:||Documentary Films - Out of Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Pietro Marcello|
|Music:||Marco Messina, Sacha Ricci|
Film Institution Rep.
Marianna De Liso