FRAMMENTO 53

WORLD PREMIERE - 2015 - CPH:DOX - NEW:VISION COMPETITION

TRAILER

War is the Father of all and of all is king;
some he makes Gods and some Men,
some he makes slaves and some free.

Eraclito, Fr. 53 (Diels – Kranz)

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Fragment 53 is a feature-length documentary film on war considered in its necessary and universal dimension, faced both as an actual and archetypical event.

The phenomenon has been investigated on the field in Liberia, a country of peculiar, radical and unsettled conflicts, presenting sceneries, personalities and events ascribable to the essential warfare that the authors aim to evoke.

The film develops through a set of first-person accounts selected from a wider amount of interviews with eminent warriors, generals and warlords collected in Liberia between 2011 and 2014.

Seven self-contained portraits are presented one after the other, introduced by a voice-off statement from the authors and followed by an epilogue composed by nocturnal images on a set of quotations from former General Philip Wlue’s vision of the world.

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Whereas the images flowing over the statement at the beginning of the film are mostly presented as objective plans, imposing a distance between the camera and the subjects, the first person accounts of the warriors are collected and portrayed from a very close angle and position.

Through a bare and restless use of a hand camera insisting on their bodies and faces, this approach maintains a continuous tightness between these fighters’ accounts and the eye of the camera.

Any personal and historical context is excluded from their tales in order to elevate them to a wider and impersonal dimension.

This concept leads also the editing of the film that shows a series of isolated, self sufficient and not intercomunicating portraits built through jump cuts and not naturalistic close-up frames.

Directors
CARLO GABRIELE TRIBBIOLI
FEDERICO LODOLI

Produced by
TOMMASO BERTANI
FEDERICA SCHIAVO

A Production of
RING FILM
FEDERICA SCHIAVO GALLERY
CENTRE D’ART CONTEMPORAIN GENÈVE / BIM 2014

Video Post Production
PIETRO DAVIDDI

Audio Mix
CARLOS IBANEZ DIAZ

Additional Audio Mix
FABRIZIO FREZZA

Audio Post Production
HEAD - GENÈVE

Researches
LAURA BORSI
IMMA LAINO

Still Images Editing
FEDERICO M. TRIBBIOLI

Production Assistant
MARIA TERESA ZINGARELLO

Location Manager
ROBERT K. KOLLIE

Assistant Location Manager
ANTHONY R. WASHINGTON