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A little monastery in tuscany

Country: France
Year: 1988
Duration: 54'
Direction: Otar Iosseliani
Cinematographer: Lionel Cousin
Editor: Marie-Agnès Blum, Annie Chevalley, Otra Iosseliani
Sound: Martin Boissau, Elvire Lerner
Music: Nicola Zourabichvili
Production: Pierre-André Boutang

Camera: Raphaël O’Byrne
Production management: Brigitte Lécuyer, Sara Tondini
Coproduction: France Regions 3 (FR3), La Sept Cinéma, Sodaparega Productions


1988 Venice Film  Festival (Filmcritica Bastone Bianco Award, Special Mention, New Cinema Award, Special Mention, UNESCO Award)

Olive picking takes place in the mornings, time and work are the verbs conjugated in this reel made by Iosseliani at the end of the 1980’s. The space is perfect to trap the quiet passing of the hours: a small monastery in the Tuscany countryside, in Montalcino, near Siena. The clock ticks, marked by the cycles of nature outside, the monastic rhythm inside the walls is responsible for the spiritual routine. Five young Augustinian monks are followed by Iosseliani’s camera at a distance that enables us to become another monk. The song of the slaughterer and the humming of the farmhand outside are combined with the prayer calls. Suddenly, barking and fog, and shooting. Autumn and hunting comes to the surrounding area. The Georgian director is responsible for directing and staging, where he maintains an important balance between the earthly and the spiritual world. As said of Tarkovski, “Iosseliani’s camera, filled with everyday insignificance and, nevertheless, full of poetry”. The film ends with a broken promise:  “The first part ends here, the second will be filmed 20 years later in the same place and the same people, if all goes well”.

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes AudiovisualesAcción Cultural EspañolaPlan de Recuperación, Transformación y ResilienciaFinanciado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU
With the support of
Ayuntamiento de PamplonaCentro de Arte Contemporáneo de HuarteFundación Caja NavarraGoethe InstitutCanadá InternationalCasa ÁrabeCineteca MadridAsociación de Mujeres Cineastas y de Medios AudiovisualesInstitut FrançaisEmbajada de Portugal en MadridCamões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua Portugal
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Festival Scope
Centre Cinématographique Marocain
Hotel Tres Reyes
Hotel Maisonave
Cineteca Bologna
The Film Foundation
World Cinema Project
Cinemateca Portuguesa
Radio 3
Filmoteca Española
Festivals in Navarre
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NIFF - Navarra International Film Festival
Navarra, tierra de cine
Ópera Prima
CTL 59
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
Festival de Cine y Dentistas
Horror Online Art
FICBE (Festival Internacional de Cortos de Berriozar)
FAN, Festival de Anime de Navarra
Lo que viene
Muestra de cine español
Filmmaking for social change
Muestra Internacional de Cine y Mujeres de Pamplona

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