A group of ageing hunters talks about 'Marcella's Mario', a man who lived in a cave in their hunting area sixty years ago, cut off from the world. Mario's nickname 'il solengo' comes from the wild boar these men hunt every year: it’s the name that mature male wild boar are given if they isolate themselves from their group. The makers film each hunter separately; each speaker has his own idea of the hermit - from banished village idiot to tragic victim of a family feud.
In meticulous compositions, the men tell the story, seated at the tables of their hunting hut. The interviews are juxtaposed with pictures of the wilds of the Tuscia region where the stories are set. The result is a documentary that explicitly tries to link to the oral narrative tradition of the region and that gradually raises doubts about how far it’s even possible to capture reality in a story.

Filmmaker
Matteo Zoppis, Alessio Rigo de Righi
Country
Italy, Argentina
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
70’
Language
Italian
Producer
Tommaso Bertani, Simona Chiarello Ciardo, Agustina Costa Varsi
Production Company
Ring Film
Sales
Ring Film
Cinematography
Simone D'Arcangelo
Editor
Andres P. Estrada
Sound Design
Marcos Molina
Music
Vittorio Giampietro
Cast
Ercole Colnago, Giovanni Morichelli
Website
http://www.ringfilm.it/ilsolengo