Walking on Water (Camminando sull'acqua)


Vogue Theatre Sun, Nov 12, 2017 11:15 AM
Film Info
Running Time:52 min.
Invited Guest(s)::Director Gianmarco D'Agostino
Director:Gianmarco D'Agostino
Producer:Advaita Film Srl.
Screenwriter:Gianmarco D'Agostino
Cinematographer:Yary Marcelli
Editor:Alessandro Anichini
Music:Roberto Procaccini


On November 4, 1966, the Arno River wreaked havoc on Tuscany and, famously, flooded the streets of Florence. The damage was incalculable, and countless artisans—whose skills had been honed and handed down for generations—would likely have had to move elsewhere for work while the city recovered from the ravages of water and mud. Enter Beppe Fantacci, a garrulous bon vivant, bold entrepreneur, and born diplomat, who devised a plan to procure donations from department stores in the United States to subsidize Florence’s craftspeople until facilities could be cleaned and restored, materials replaced, and production could resume. Instead of desperation and despair, Florentines responded in the flood’s aftermath with a spirit of unity, cooperation, and caring. Documentary filmmaker Gianmarco D’Agostino unearths and interweaves mesmerizing amateur color footage of the flood with vivid recollections from the children of key figures in the city’s response and recovery. WALKING ON WATER goes far beyond simply marking the 50th anniversary of a natural disaster, however: It honors Fantacci’s brilliant, selfless accomplishment and celebrates Florence’s remarkable resurrection. –Michael Fox

Additional Information

Gianmarco D’Agostino was born in Arezzo in 1977 and graduated in Cinema History and Critics from the University of Florence. He directed several films hosted by Antonio Paolucci, the director of the Vatican Museum, on subjects including the Sistine Chapel and the Medici family chapels in Florence’s San Lorenzo Church. D’Agostino spent a year filming in the jails of Florence and Ferrara for the social-issue documentary Oggi voglio parlare (2012). His current projects include FLORENCE, THE CONSUL AND ME, a documentary about Gerhard Wolf, the German diplomat who saved both Jews and artworks from the Nazis during his tenure in Florence during World War II.