Undaunted by a commission to make a film about his mentors and aesthetic exemplars, the filmmaking team of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Costa records with great sensitivity and insight the exacting process by which the two re-edit their film SICILIA!.
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There is a wonderful moment in this film in which Huillet tells Straub that the difference between them in cutting is a single frame. Based on my experience collaborating with my girlfriend, I can say Huillet is absolutely right.
Watching the process of Huillet and Straub edit the third version of their film SICILIA ended up being even more fascinating than the actual SICILIA. Without even trying too hard this film has so much humanity, so many cinema lessons and beautiful references. Costa's limitations with light in this project aren't a problem since we're all used to (and in love with) his dark aesthetics.