From the Depths (Dal Profondo)


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Film Info
Original Title:Dal Profondo
Premiere Status:US Premiere
Program:Italian Film Festival
Virtual Cinema
Women Directors
Release Year:2013
Runtime:72 min
English subtitles
Website:Official Website
Director:Valentina Pedicini
Producer:Alessandro Borrelli
Cinematographer:Jakob Stark
Screenwriter:Valentina Pedicini
Editor:Luca Mandrile


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LIVE FILM DISCUSSION with Bastian Esser, DOP of Faith, Jakob Stark, Director of Photography, Dal Profondo, and Tommaso Cammarano, IFF's Artistic Director. Sunday, February 28, 3:00 PM CST.


Miles of tunnels. Darkness all around. A long night without end, without season, without time: this is the Nuraxi Figus mine in Sardinia. A grueling labor that is both pride and curse. Men covered in soot and ready to go on strike to avert the imminent closing of their mine. A woman, Patrizia, the only female in this universe of men, guides the spectator into the lives and souls of her 150 male co-workers and begins a conversation with her dead father, a coal miner himself who died years prior of silicosis. Dal Profondo - entirely shot 500 meters below sea level by a crew of 4, in 26 days after 2 long years of pre production - is a voice from the depths, a prayer dedicated to the dead and demanding to be heard by the living: "De profundis, clamavi ad te, O Domine (From the depths I have cried out to you, oh Lord)”. Note: the mine eventually closed in 2019.


Valentina Pedicini (Brindisi, 1978 - Roma, 2020) graduated in 2010 from the ZeLIG International School of Documentary. Her documentary, Dal Profondo, won Best Script at Premio Solinas 2013. Dal Profondo also won Best Italian Documentary at Festa del Cinema di Roma, was nominated for Nastro D'Argento and David di Donatello Awards and won Best Cinematography and Best Directing at Al Jazeera IFF in 2014. Valentina's first fiction feature, Dove Cadono Le Ombre (Where The Shadows Fall), premiered at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, Giornate degli Autori. Her 2019 documentary Faith premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won top prizes at DocsBarcelona and Docville in Belgium. Tragically, Valentina died prematurely in 2020, at age 42. Her death is considered by critics and film professionals alike a huge loss for Italian cinema. IFF is proud to homage Valentina’s work this year, and give Minnesotans a chance to discover her art.

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