On the centenary of the birth of Italo Calvino, director Davide Ferrario will retrace the life of the writer, through the magie link with the cities in which he lived, worked, or from which he was influenced in his travels, ireal "Visible" cities and the "lnvisible" ones, fruit of his imagination. A unique and dreamlike world, invented for the famous book published by the Turin company Einaudi in 1972.  A creative mix of originai 4k footage, interviews and Calvino's texts narrateci by an actor will accompany us in the places, guiding us in the visible cities. The invisible ones will be staged in a more cinematic way, played by an actress who will move in abstract scenarios. These two dimensions will interact producing that sense of fantastic reality that is so characteristic of Calvino's work. So much so that the two levels converge towards a final that proposes a new visual and emotional leap: animation sequences will illustrate a "Cosmicomic" where an almost realistic New York projects itself in space together with the Moon and Utopia.

Visibles Cities by Italo Calvino is a sui generis film, to the point of escaping the classic deftnition of a documentary. This is the image interpretati on of a world that, so far, has only lived on the page. A free staging, that rather than "explaining" Italo Calvino, tries to make him live for the viewer in his uniqueness and originality. Calvino is a writer and his form of artistic expression is the word. However, as the co-author Marco Belpoliti clearly demonstrates, the act of looking and therefore the relationship with images is centrai in Calvino's inspiration. So the reason for making a film about him and his works becomes less arbitrary. Perhaps it is precisely the cinema that can open up a way tor us to see better into Calvino's inspiration, which is yes -and inevitably -literary but also uniaue and originai in the field of the history of ltalian literature.

Davide Ferrario
Marco Belpoliti, Davide Ferrario
Marco Belpoliti, Davide Ferrario
Director of photography
Andrea Zanoli, Andrea Zambelli
Film Editor
Cristina Sardo
Set Design
Production Director
Federico Mazzola, Fabio Canepa
Organizzatore generale
Flavia Pasquini
Executive production
Salvatore Sansonetti
Gloria Giorgianni
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund - produzione giugno 2023
Last update: 04 September 2023