The Last Step of an Acrobat

Overview

Director: Cesare Bedogné Country of origin: Italy Runtime: 29m Genre: Experimental, Documentary Screening: 01.03.19 Block A: EXPERIMENTAL REFLECTIONS Time: 12-1.30PM

“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea. By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown. Till human voices wake us, and we drown”. (T.S.Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

More like a visual poem than a narrative film, it is the story of an Equilibrist suspended on the slack rope of existence, her own territory – the thin and always changeable borderland joining all opposites, Sky and Earth, Life and Death, Light and Shadow, Elsewhere and Nowhere. This film is also about transformation and loss of identity, about the desire to become someone else, or even something else – the screech of a seagull, bleaching bones, a broken dolphin’s mouth, dissolving into deep eternity – a meditation on Melancholy and on the frailty of existence, permeated by the secret whispering of all things shipwrecked and lost. 

The Filmmaker

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Cesare Bedogné is an Italian photographer, film-maker and writer. He graduated cum laude in Mathematics, with a thesis on Minkovski Space-Time, the geometrical theory at the basis of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. In the course of his studies, he also deepened his interest for the visual arts, with particular attention to cinema, and “in the aim to capture the gaze in its pure state”, he eventually devoted himself to photography and film.  “Story for an empty theatre”, which he co-directed in 2016 together with the Russian film-maker Alexandr Balagura, has been screened in over thirty international film festivals and won several awards, including Best Experimental Film at the New Renaissance Film Festival, Amsterdam in 2018. Cesare recently finished editing his third movie project, entitled “The Last Step of an Acrobat”, which recently won the Best Experimental Film Award at the 14th season of the Cult Critic Movie Awards (Calcutta, India). After living in Holland and Greece for many years, he currently lives and works in Genoa, Italy.

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