ITACA NEL SOLE
This film belongs in the category of “research”, because Motti’s full story is yet to be explored, and the first impulse it inspires in us is to “go and find it”. The film will do this, partly with the aid of the archive material available, and partly through a chorus of voices, witness accounts and actions by those who knew him, climbed with him and were with him in his private moments, or those who, despite not having known him in person, are fascinated by his thinking and his writing.
The mountains are the main protagonist of the film, but this is not a documentary of rock faces and ropes, vertical ascents and bolts. Can a mountain be primarily allegorical, as Motti believed; the kind of mountain that drives humans to great challenges and even greater questions: who are we? where are we going? what is our destiny? what’s over there, beyond the final summit?
Itaca nel Sole becomes a testament on which we can rest not merely the bare hand of the climber, but our hearts and minds, to discover who really lies behind one of the major figures in twentieth-century Italian climbing and philosophy.
Directors: Fabio Mancari and Tiziano Gaia
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