Mancanza-Inferno

  • 71'
  • Italy
  • 2014
An enormous birdcage stands in a wooded area. A young woman (Angelique Cavallari) wearing a long, beige coat walks around endlessly while philosophising about the suffering of angels. Then she finds herself in the old centre of L'Aquila, the mediaeval town to the north-east of Rome, which was devastated in the night of 5 April 2009 by an earthquake. Life has still not returned to normal. That much is clear from the impressionist images of the devastation and the statements by twenty ‘doomed people’: ‘This isn't civilised, it's hellish'.
Lack-Hell is a theatrical, stylised film by Italian-Dutch director Stefano Odoardi, loosely inspired by The Elegies of Duino by Rainer Maria Rilke: ‘For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us.’
With beautifully serene music by Andrea Manzoli, sung by the soprano Valentina Coladonato.

Director
Stefano Odoardi
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Italy, Netherlands
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
71'
Medium
DCP
International title
Lack-Hell
Language
Italian
Producers
Stefano Odoardi, Gianluca Stuard
Production Companies
O film, Strike fp, Hatha Ciudad Onlus
Sales
O film
Screenplay
Stefano Odoardi
Cinematography
Stefano Odoardi
Editor
Gianluca Stuard
Production Design
Stefano Odoardi, Gianluca Stuard
Sound Design
Laurent Chassaigne
Music
Andrea Manzoli
Cast
Angelique Cavallari