A whole summer long, Portuguese filmmaker Teresa Villaverde stayed with Italian cult director Tonino De Bernardi, who was working on projects including a film version of Sophocles’ Electra starring only local villagers. She sits at the table with the family in their garden, on the back seat of the car on the way home in the evening or listens to the stories told by the woman De Bernardi buys cheese and eggs from.

Villaverde’s camera transforms the incidental into the sublime. When she films the long, empty table in the garden, we can sense the family that came together here. She reveals memories by showing the present – faces and bodies and the home where they live – and by listening to what is said (and what is not). Short sentences and small movements between De Tonino and his wife Mariella are enough to show a life full of love, wisdom and sometimes sorrow.

International title
Galileo’s Thermometer
Filmmaker
Teresa Villaverde
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Portugal
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
105’
Language
Italian
Producer
Teresa Villaverde
Production Company
Alce Filmes
Sales
Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency
Writer
Teresa Villaverde
Cinematography
Teresa Villaverde
Editor
Teresa Villaverde
Sound Design
Teresa Villaverde