Film review dedicated to Andrea Zanzotto – Changing Landscapes

Events - published on 15 November 2021
Source: press office Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
Wednesday 17 November at 9 p.m. – Screening of the film The Second Life by Davide Gambino – Auditorium spazi Bomben, via Cornarotta 7, Treviso
15 November 2021 – With the screening of the award-winning film The Second Life (Italy/Belgium/Germany, 2020, 90′) by Davide Gambino, the film festival Paesaggi che cambiano
(Changing Landscapes), organised by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, continues on Wednesday 17 November at 9 p.m. in the auditorium of Spazio Bomben in Treviso.
The director will speak at the event and, in dialogue with the curator of the series, Simonetta Zanon, will introduce the film, which offers a reflection on issues such as the coexistence of
species and the loss of biodiversity in the context of the unprecedented climate crisis affecting our planet, from a particular and unusual point of view.
The world is at a turning point. Human impact threatens the extinction of millions of species – with the dramatic loss of biodiversity endangering the very existence of humankind. However, there is
an obscure profession that is at the forefront of reminding us what we are about to lose forever: Maurice, Robert and Christophe are three world-renowned taxidermists working in the
natural history museums of Berlin, Rome and Brussels. Their mission? To give the animals they prepare a voice to speak out against man’s war on nature. Although they have never met, they share the
belief that preserved animals can help bridge the gap between society and nature.
The three are shown preparing for the 2018 European Taxidermy Championship, the most important competition of their careers. While this is Maurizio‘s last chance before retiring,
Christophe is participating for the first time. For Robert, the title of European champion is all that is missing from his collection of international awards. And while the three of
them prepare for the Salzburg championship and their profession is increasingly threatened with extinction, another voice rises from the dead to give humans a final warning.
Taxidermy, suspended between art and science, nature and culture, is a sometimes controversial and mysterious profession that questions and embodies some of humanity’s contradictions –
explains Davide Gambino. On the one hand it reveals the unconfessable human desire to dominate life and death, and on the other it presents a peculiar bridge between man and the animal
world. The taxidermists in ‘The Second Life’ work with and prepare endangered species. With skilful dexterity they recreate the illusion of the same life that has been destroyed by other human
hands. Observing the illusory gesture of bringing the specimen back to life, I immediately felt that there was a magical and secret pact between the taxidermists and the specimen. As I watched the
illusionary act of bringing the specimen back to life, I immediately felt that there was a secret, magical pact between the taxidermists and the specimen.
We humans think we dominate the planet. However, the greater the pressure we exert on the natural ecosystem, the greater the counter-response from nature. Perhaps by realising that we are not
the masters of the world, the greater the awareness that we are animal beings among other animal species. And perhaps then we will be aware that our fate as humans is linked to that of other
The festival will end on Wednesday 1 December with the film Promised Land by Gus Van Sant (USA, 2012, 103′), whose screening will be introduced by film expert Luciano Morbiato.
Auditorium Bomben spaces, Fondazione Benetton, via Cornarotta 7, TrevisoSingle admission 5 euro.
Advance sales recommended: Fondazione Benetton, Mon to Fri 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm.
For information: T 0422 5121.
Access is only allowed with Green Pass.
Davide Gambino is an Italian film director and producer, graduated in 2012 from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Scuola Nazionale di Cinema. He is co-founder and executive
producer of Mon Amour Films, a production company based in Italy and active on the international market. In 2012 his feature-length documentary Pietra Pesante won the New York Film Academy
award for Best Young Italian Filmmaker.
In 2015 he is author and director of the web-series co-produced by Rai Fiction entitled Il bar del Cassarà. In 2020 his feature-length documentary The Second Life is premiered at Dok. Fest Munich
2020, Warsaw Film Festival 2020 and Biografilm Festival 2021. The film, winner of several international awards, is co-produced by Germany, Belgium and Italy with European broadcasters such as
Radio Télévision Belge (RTBF), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) and ARTE. In 2021 he presented Vendetta: guerra nell’antimafia, a six-part Netflix docu-series distributed in 194 countries. His films
and documentary series, produced for TV, cinema and online platforms (OTT), tell stories with a strong social impact with a personal and innovative visual style.
He has been collaborating for years with the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche in the making of the documentary as part of the campaign to promote the International Carlo Scarpa
Prize for the Garden.

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