Filmmakers Olmo Amato and Samuele Sestieri had one aim in mind: make a film together during a 14-day journey through Finland and Norway. They not only did the directing, sound and camerawork, they also played the leading roles. There was a script, but they adapted it to specific encounters and places. The Bear Tales is the more-than-intriguing result.
The immeasurable, unspoilt nature of Scandinavia in summer is the backdrop for what is occasionally abstract and then a moving allegory about the meaning of life. A monk robot - a kind of bony C-3PO in a brown habit - chases a little red man through expanses of woods, deserted cities and barren plains. Birds tweet, mosquitoes buzz. It’s only at the top of a magic mountain that the two get closer, exhausted after the pursuit. They join forces to save a damaged teddy bear and hence fill the void surrounding them. Will Mother Nature hear their prayers and save the little bear?

Original title
I racconti dell'orso
Filmmaker
Samuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato
Premiere
International premiere
Country
Italy, Finland, Norway
Year
2015
Medium
DCP
Length
67’
Language
no dialogue
Producer
Samuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato
Sales
The Open Reel
Writer
Samuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato
Cinematography
Samuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato
Editor
Samuele Sestieri
Sound Design
New Digital
Music
Riccardo Magni
Cast
Samuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato
Website
http://iraccontidellorso.it