LA PELLE DELL’ORSO [The Skin of the Bear]
It’s the fifties. In a village in the heart of the Dolomites live Domenico, a bright but introverted boy, and his father Pietro, a man consumed by loneliness and wine, who makes ends meet working for the landowner Crepaz. The relationship between father and son is prickly and harsh; long silences have turned them into strangers. One night the calm of the valley is threatened by the diaol - the devil - a ferocious old bear that kills a cow in its stall. The community is gripped by superstitious terror and lacks the power to react.
In an outburst of pride at the inn one evening, Pietro lays down a challenge to Crepaz: he’ll kill the bear in exchange for money. His promise is greeted by laughter and general scepticism. It’s the chance Pietro has been waiting for, and the following morning he sets off on the hunt without telling anyone.
Domenico finds out and decides to follow him. He in turn leaves the safety of the village to journey into the unknown. Father and son venture ever deeper into the woods, and are inevitably transformed by their experience. Little by little they grow closer and acknowledge each other, and the wall separating them crumbles in the vastness of nature.