Drama, by Fabio Del Greco, Italy, 2020.
A man remains alone at home due to the Corona virus emergency measures. Solitude, time, and space become his adversaries, while imagination, memories, and the yearning for freedom become his allies. Director Fabio Del Greco intimately and personally documents the days of Corona virus isolation, filming outdoor scenes exclusively with a smartphone. The chronicle of these peculiar days serves as a catalyst for reflection on the relativity of time and space, and how freedom is something that can transcend reality to find its place within our souls.
In the times of the Corona virus, a genuine and instinctive filmmaker like Del Greco has reaped the fruits of his eccentric "cinediary" crafted during the quarantine weeks. He captured his own solitude up close, and from a safe distance, that of his friends and relatives. Above all, he seized the limited "hours of air" granted by authorities to film in a world emptied of humanity and subjected to rigorous police checks. All seen through the lens of an author who, as usual, is playful, disillusioned, and subtly ironic, even when he steps in as an actor. As he continues to explore reality, amidst melancholic insights and flashes of irony, Fabio Del Greco transcends this initial intent and transforms his feature film into a set of Russian nesting dolls, where diverse audiovisual contributions converge. These contributions may be chronologically disparate, yet they are all profoundly stimulating and laden with meaning. The interplay between present and past, expertly orchestrated even in the editing, creates a short-circuit where the past isn't merely an almanac of memories but another escape into the realm of imagination. As a socio-political critique surfaces, albeit legitimate, the narrative gradually shifts toward a broader existential framework.
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