Punto de Vista 2021 Winners
Direction: Riccardo Giacconi
Ekphrasis is a fragmentary and non-chronological history of South Tyrol, a territory contested between Italy and Austria. The film takes its cues from the events between 1939 and 1943, when the native German-speaking people of South Tyrol were given the option of either emigrating to neighbouring Nazi Austria (and other Third Reich territories) or remaining in Fascist Italy and being forcibly integrated into the mainstream Italian culture, thereby losing their language and cultural heritage. This system, enforced after an agreement between Mussolini and Hitler, was called the "Option Agreement". The film also evokes the aftermath of the Option Agreement, including episodes of tension, conflict and terrorism between ethnic communities.
As in a session of hypnosis, a voice describes a series of situations in second person. Devoid of any references to dates, names or locations, the voice describes a set of images connected to pivotal moments in the conflictual genealogy of the South Tyrolean territory. An exploration of a series of photographs from different archives, the film composes a visual study on the history and landscape of a territory in-between.
Riccardo Giacconi studied Fine Arts at the University IUAV of Venezia, at UWE in Bristol and at New York University. His work has been exhibited in various institutions, such as FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (France), tranzitdisplay (Prague), MAXXI (Rome), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin) and in the Résonance section of the Lyon Biennale. In 2007 he co-founded the collective Blauer Hase, with which he curates the periodical publication Paesaggio and the Helicotrema Festival.
Piuccheperfetto (2019), Due (2017), Entangled (2015), Chi ha lottato con l'angelo resta fosforescente (2012), Entrelazado (2012-2015), Suite Europa 11 (2009-2011)
New York Film Festival