An old shepherd lives his last days in a quiet medieval village perched high on the hills of Calabria, at the southernmost tip of Italy. He herds goats under skies that most villagers have deserted long ago. He is sick, and believes to find his medicine in the dust he collects on the church floor, which he drinks in his water every day.
A new goat kid is born. We follow its first few tentative steps, its first games, until it gains strength and goes to pasture. Nearby, a majestic fir tree stirs in the mountain breeze and slowly changes through the seasons.
Le quattro volte is a poetic vision of the revolving cycles of life and nature and the unbroken traditions of a timeless place. The story of one soul that moves through four successive lives. –Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
Michelangelo was born in Milan in 1968. He studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic School. In 1995 he exhibited his first video installation work there, Presenze S-Connesse; and the interactive installation ORA at the Milan Civic Film School, from which he graduated in 1997 with the film “L’occhio e lo Spirito” .
The same year he was one of the young directors selected to participate in the production project "Le Mani sulla Cittá " . In 1998 the interactive installation “FILM” , a tribute to the cinematic work of Samuel Beckett, was shown at the Triennale in Milan.
In 1999 he co-directed the 35 minute-film “BIBIM” with Cafi Mohamud and realized his film “Scappa Valentina” . In 2002 he won the 150” competition for short films made with a cell phone at the Bellaria Festival with “Io non posso entrare” . That year he also shot his first feature film “Il Dono” that won several awards in some of the world’s most important film festivals.
Since 2005, he teaches… read more
If the Turin Horse and Tree of Life had a baby and if that baby became a master of the wide shot while being best friends with Au hasard Balthazar, this would be it! Deceptively simple. Only problem is that it doesn't allow that much breathing room. But overall, one of the better movies of this vien of filmmaking.
Not to knock Malick or his film, but I felt in this picture what I think I was told to feel in "The Tree of Life."
While some of the shots are crammed with filmic spectacle that Bazin would have delighted in (the passion play going on with the dog barking; or the grazing scenes) in the end the film felt too neat, all the loose ends tied up. There is not enough mystery in it to warrant a second viewing, but because of the beauty, the pacing and the space for reverie I don't regret the first.
“Our film of 2011 is The Tree of Life (by a country mile).”
Before launching into another roundup on Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte (previously: last year's Cannes and New York festivals
"A hybrid fable about the cosmic interconnectedness of all things and a document of rural daily existence, Italian director Michelangelo
Put on your best costume jewelry: this evening, as every New York cinephile knows, the 48th New York Film Festival kicks off at Lincoln Center
"Michelangelo Frammartino's Le Quattro Volte [The Four Times] has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in Cannes Directors