Thursday, 2 February 2012

Distante un padre by Masbedo

Distante un padre (Far Away a Father) by the Italian artists and videomakers Masbedo is a segment of the long feature THEN AND NOW Beyond Borders and Differences, produced by ART for The World in 2010 under the auspices of the Alliance of Civilizations and the Council of Europe.

Inspired by Art. 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion", the short movie is focused on the themes of Life, Death and After
Starting with a voice over saying “If there's no happiness, at least there will be light”, the short turns an intimate tragedy as the death of a child into a universal drama, focusing on the delicate relationship between living and dying and the search for permeable borders and for the meaning in the ambiguous space between life and death.

Damir, a professional diver, loses his daughter and the tragedy devastates his relationship with his wife Greta. 
While Damir is preparing for a dive with a colleague, descending into the depths in a submersible compression chamber, Greta is in a bathtub and turns on the CB (two-way radio) that broadcasts the communications of the professional diving company for which Damir works: it is a way for her to know what he is doing, a voice that testifies to an unbroken bond. 
During the dive, Damir is risking his life due to an accident while at home Greta hears the voices of the surface crew announcing Damir’s dramatic predicament. Feeling that he is close to death, Damir starts thinking to his daughter “I need my daughter. She's on the bottom, I have to find her” and declares his love for her and for Greta, but he is alone and only his diving companions can hear him. Greta is devastated and slowly slides down into the bathwater, unconsciously seeking symbiosis with him and her daughter.

Masbedo were born in Milan in 1999 from the meeting between Nicolò Massazza and Jacopo Bedogni. 
Their video production's explicit aim is to "use images to express a detached narrative vision, independent from texts or scripts".

Distante un padre
2010, col., 7 min., original version in Italian

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