• Director

    Michelangelo Frammartino

  • Producers

    Marco Serrecchia, Michelangelo Frammartino, Philippe Bober

  • Screenwriters

    Michelangelo Frammartino, Giovanna Giuliani

  • With

    Paolo Cossi, Jacopo Elia, Denise Trombin

  • Italy-Germany-France 2021. 93min

  • UK Distribution

    New Wave Films

  • Language


    With English subtitles

In 1961, a group of young speleologists mapped one of the world’s deepest caves in the Calabrian mountains. In this fictional story about them, Frammartino constructs a slow but entirely gripping rhythm; we see the cave explorers in extreme long-shot as they prepare tools and each day embark on a perilous journey, venturing further into uncharted crevices. Much of this action is viewed from the perspective of an old, grizzled shepherd moving his herd across the mountains. Almost entirely without discernible dialogue, but featuring arguably the year’s richest sound design, Il Buco unfolds at a spellcasting pace – shifting back and forth between the shepherd and adventurers, and punctuated by glimpses of life in a remote mountain village where the two briefly intersect. This is unique, singular filmmaking from Frammartino. And a film made for the big screen.

Tricia Tuttle

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