2001, lungometraggio, cinemascope, 85 min., stereo
A metropolitan adventure movie on cinemascope taking place in a shack under a bridge, a flea market, a night bar.
Roma in our times.
Victor Cavallo, nomad, poet, roman, is the protagonist voyager.
Giravolte/Freewheeling in Roma is a metropolitan adventure movie in cinemascope that started by accident and without a script.
One night walking under the Testaccio bridge I came across this shack that looked very nice, very well maintained. Few days later I was visiting again looking to meet who was living there. Roman men, some for necessity some for choice.
From the real location and the need to portray a city and its people that were disappearing I started the movie.
Pre-production started based on a one page treatment.
As I went forward I made the choice that the plot in this case wasn’t the biggest concern. We wrote a storyline during preproduction and developed it during the rehearsal and the shooting, building contexts/scenes in which the characters were free to define their dialogues.
We shot in three intense weeks in the summer of 1998 and completed pick ups in the summer of 1999.
While shooting we went from moments of strong emotional intimacy under the bridge, to having to cope with the ruthless chaos of the Porta Portese flea market to recreating the torpid hang out of Ostiense wholesale food market's night bar on location in the country side.
It's a borderline adventure beyond regular jobs, rent, cellular phones, cars and families. An adventure through solitude, poetry, conflict, playful resistance and music using the energy of peripheral viewing, like Duchamp suggested.
Victor Cavallo is the nomadic protagonist traveling into public/private spaces of displacement, where people sidestep the dogma of the global profit. Some of them surfers of the day or the night and others wrecked by this flux.
Radio Vanishing Point is the frequency created for the movie, among the waves it broadcasts moments of silence in homage to John Cage's 4'33'', preposterous reportages of style and fashion, dreamy and creepy news and the fantastic avdentures of 'Egidio the intrepid traveller'.
To make GIRAVOLTE and to make films for me is to breath oxigen.
Also an action of resistance to the overwhelming diluted imagery of our panoptic society.
Experimenting an AlterActiveCinema that tends to short circuits our perception.
Understanding representation to give back to reality it's original ambiguity and to suggest to people their identity of active and thinking spectators. (2001)
directed by Carola Spadoni
produced by Gianluca Arcopinto
featuring Victor Cavallo, Drena De Niro and Raz Degan
(further cast & credits upon request)
Il cinema italiano del III Millennio. I protagonisti della rinascita a cura di Franco Montini