Versanti is a journey of discovery of an underground, invisible Italy, far from current narratives. The protagonists of this immersion are people who struggle, in their small local communities, for the survival of certain musical expressions of oral tradition, against the tide of an increasingly strong general cultural homologation. Young girls of Arbëreshë origin, elderly shepherds and passionate researchers, are the faces and stories that make up the framework and sentiment of this epic and fragmented journey, grappling with the polyvocal songs of certain interstitial areas of our territory, but also with the construction of ancient instruments and the use of so-called ephemeral instruments, languages rooted deep in popular culture.

The documentary project Versanti fits perfectly into the line of great "creation documentaries" that, through thematic investigation, showcase the originality of the narration and highlight the style and quality of direction, which transform the narration into "visual poetry". As the title states, the film is intended to be interpreted and developed precisely as a trip built on the essential 'five movements' of human existence since its appearance on Earth. Sound, before music, which is nothing more than the material governing sound, represents one of the first creative gestures of the human being along with drawing and before writing. The journey that the directors invite us to share is rooted in the ancestral roots of the history of our country, which is so rich in traditions, often forgotten and when rediscovered surprisingly fascinating, especially for the discovery of the women and men behind them.

Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio
Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio
Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio
Director of photography
Film Editor
Altri credits

Matteo Mari (Supervizione post-produzione)

Executive production
con il sostegno di Film Commission Torino Piemonte - Piemonte Doc Film Fund - produzione giugno 2023
Assistente alla regia
Giovanni Astorino
Assistente di produzione
Camilla Fusato
Last update: 05 June 2024