The film describes the “Poligono Sperimentale del Salto di Quirra”, an area on Sardinia where governments from all over the world have tested new weapons for over 50 years and the Italian government has blown up their outdated munitions, inexorably devastating the landscape. With the poetic sensibility characteristic of the directors, the film enters into this environment and shows its silent everyday life. MATERIA OSCURA is a film about the devastating cohabitation of elements of nature – including people – and the military-industrial complex.
MASSIMO D'ANOLFI, born 1974 in Pescara, Italy. He started out with video works in the early 1990s and ended up in full-fledged cinema. He has already made three documentaries together with Martina Parenti, I PROMESSI SPOSI (The Betrothed, 2006, doc), GREAT EXPECTATIONS (2009, doc) and IL CASTELLO (The Castle, 2012, doc; CE '12). MARTINA PARENTI, born 1972 in Milan, Italy. She makes documentaries for cinema and television. MATERIA OSCURA (Dark Matter, 2013, doc) is her latest project in collaboration with Massimo D'Anolfi and was screened in Berlinale 2013's Forum section.
European Panorama Documentary 2013
color & black and white
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Massimo D‘Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Cinematography Massimo D‘Anolfi
Editing Massimo D‘Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Sound/Sounddesign Martina Parenti
Music Massimo Mariani
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